With whiskers of white smoke still fresh in the air above the Vatican, it’s time for us film-nerds to celebrate the election of Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, in the best way we know how.
It doesn’t seem befitting of celebration to mention the more sombre dramas made in honour of the papacy, so instead here are our top five divine comedy roles in movie history…
5. Robbie Coltrane as The Pope in The Pope Must Die (1991)
Classically re-branded as ‘The Pope Must Diet’ in the US to avoid boycott, this less-than-tasteful movie pits a less-than-qualified pontiff against the Mob in a slightly-naff caper.
4. Whoopi Goldberg as Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act (1992)
Who doesn’t remember this early bastion of 90’s fish-out-of-water movies? Playing a worldly singer placed by the police into a traditional convent, Goldberg is magnetic in this cheesy-but-sweet comedy-musical.
3. Trey Parker as Satan in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)
Trey Parker’s lovable Lucifer is a fallen angel with an aspirational side in the controversial musical, and gains extra points from us because his song is easily one of the best in the movie.
2. Alanis Morissette as God in Dogma (1999)
Morissette’s turn as the Supreme Being in Dogma adds some much needed heart to the closing moments of this cheeky but benignant comedy. Warning – Jay’s offensive language in the clip below!
1. Graham Chapman as Brian in Life of Brian (1979)
Though Chapman’s Brian is not exactly a prophet, he takes the number one slot for being the protagonist in what is without question the funniest film ever made on religion. But don’t forget, he’s not The Messiah – he’s a very naughty boy!
So there you have it, our Top Five Funnies of Divinity. This day is certainly a great one for Catholics everywhere, and we wish Jorge Bergoglio the very best of luck as Pope Francis.
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