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It’s rare when I like a remake more than the original — especially when the original stars Cary Grant.  However, I like The Preacher’s Wife better than The Bishop’s Wife.  Why?

Cover of "The Preacher's Wife"

Cover of The Preacher’s Wife

I think Whitney Houston’s husband is more sympathetic than Loretta Young‘s .  Normally I enjoy David Niven, but he is a little too fussy and focused on making money (although for the church) in The Bishop’s Wife.   So at the end of The Bishop’s Wife, I feel sorry for Loretta because she has to stay with her reformed, but still fuddy duddy husband.  In contrast, Whitney gets to stay with her husband, who was always a great guy, just overworked and overwhelmed.  Through the visit from the angel, both Whitney and her husband learn to appreciate each other.

Perhaps I also prefer the smart-mouthed, modern American setting to the subtle, reserved English setting, which is also rare for me.  My favorite character in The Preacher’s Wife is Whitney’s mother played by Jenifer Lewis.   She has such a great attitude.  And the scene where she shakes Denzel Washington‘s hand and decides to quit smoking is very moving.

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