The eagerly awaited sequel to the hit movie "O Brother Where Art Thou" is finally a reality. "O Sister is that You?" picks up where the original left off, somewhere in the Mississippi backwoods. George Clooney reprises his role as Everett Ulysses McGill who is found unconscious after almost drowning and is nursed back to health by a trio of nuns, who just happen to be shackled together.
After all, this is a Coen Brothers film and isn't supposed to make sense. At any rate, you get the feeling of déjà vu all over again as you watch the nuns on the run from themselves and their invisible tormentors. Once McGill is better, the nuns ask him to take the key Sister Mary has in her robe and unshackle them, which he does. One wonders why none of the nuns thought to use the key themselves, but then again, that is madcap at its best.
Realizing that two of the nuns are Siamese twins joined shoulder to shoulder, McGill understands almost instantly why one starts a sentence and then finishes it herself as she is the only one with a mouth. McGill is visibly repulsed yet drawn in a morbid sense to these nuns until he finds out that they have taken the money he came to reclaim. The fact that they want to use the money to get the mouthless nun a mouth doesn't keep McGill from firing angry tirade after angry tirade at the nuns.
Clever dialogue such as McGill's "mountains are atop us even tho' money through the good Lord's blessins hath made us weak," is sure to keep the audience wondering if what they are seeing will get any better or if the money they spent on the movie will disappear as quickly as the money in the movie. That is what independent films aim for.
Meanwhile, the nuns convince McGill to pose as an adult male who claims to have been molested as a child by the local priest in order to extort enough money from the Church to pay McGill back and pay for the much needed cosmetic reconstruction of the Siamese nuns.
While "O Sister is That You?" is not expected to hit the mark that "Fargo" or "The Big Lebowski" did, the Coen Brothers will do what they do best in this most recent endeavor, employ William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro as the three nuns because, let's face it, these guys are the real draw. It's never been about the writing.