The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Movie InfoIn an impoverished area of New York City, Reverend Henry Biggs struggles to keep St. Matthew's Baptist Church afloat. Funds are low, and Henry begins losing his faith. He prays for help, which comes in the form of Dudley, a handsome man who falls in love with Henry's neglected wife.
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Critic Reviews for The Preacher's Wife
The Preacher's Wife qualifies as old-fashioned Hollywood movie making at its corniest and most saccharine. But the mostly African American cast puts an engaging spin on the chestnut, and it works beautifully.
For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum.
The Preacher's Wife is one Christmas picture that actually is in the spirit of the season. It's warm, sentimental, amusing yet serious, bringing fantasy to bear upon the painfully real.
This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.
Has a big heart, but no sense of pace and conflict to sustain the viewing experience for an unnerving two hours.
While the sheer force of Washington's charisma keeps his otherwise monotonous character watchable, the same can't be said for the late Houston, woefully flat in a malnourished role.
The music, the chemistry between Houston and Washington, and minor characters that make us smile make this film worth watching-especially around Christmas, when this is set.
Houston's inevitable chart-toppers aside, the film mainly sells the values of cooperation and good-samaritanism.
Definitely not Denzel Washington's finest hour.
Generally pleasant and unobjectionable, if not rather bland.
Reminds us to cherish the ones we love for they are the presence of God in our lives.
A sweet, sentimental, well-intentioned spoonful of holiday cheer that's pleasant enough as long as one doesn't take too close a look at how little of it really makes any sense.
All the singing make for a slim plot and slimmer characters. Neveretheless, if you like Houston, you'll love The Preacher's Wife.
There are so many Whitney Houston singing opportunities here that the filmmakers might just as well have thrown caution to the wind and made a full-blown musical.
Audience Reviews for The Preacher's Wife
Saw this one a few times when it was new. Liked it a good bit. Now I know it was right before Whitney turned crazy and as far from being like a preacher's wife than anything.More
Nice christmasy, heart warming movie. I think this was one of the first movies I'd seen Denzel in. He has a great smile. Great music by Whitney. Her voice is amazing.More
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