In this updating of 1947’s “The Bishop’s Wife,” a Baptist preacher unknowingly pays too much attention to his congregation, and not enough to his dedicated wife and son. Enter Dudley, a flirtatious, sharp-dressed angel, to help the couple build a new church and, not incidentally, reignite their marriage.
An over-worked pastor gets help from a classy angel. In some ways it outshines the original, THE BISHOP’S WIFE, especially when it comes to proclaiming the gospel message (through songs), but it doesn’t surpass that Christmas classic when it comes to charm. Whitney is a one-note actress, but for those who like her music, you won’t be disappointed. Denzel is handsome and cool, and Courtney B. Vance is exceptional as the neglecting father and husband. Replete with moral teachings concerning marriage, home life, faith, and the fact that we can make a difference. Very enjoyable. One sad note. The story is about religious people. It takes place at Christmas time. Yet the name Jesus is never mentioned. Ironic, considering most every other movie of this era now uses, or should I say misuses, that name as a mere expletive. Ah, Hollywood.