After the critically acclaimed 'Mona Lisa' Jordan made this misstep into comedy that joins the mini-genre of comedies without laughs. He followed this with another excretion (We're No Angels) before finding his own voice again. The casting here is pretty awful with no one save Liz Smith (in a small part) making any impression. An embarrassment on everyone's filmography.
I never understood the extremely heavy criticism of this film. It’s not as bad as people make it out to be. Almost more of “minds have been trained to dislike it” type of thing. It’s got the great atmosphere of In the company of Wolves. Even scenes like the bus driving into the lake are shoot in a manner that makes the cheesy humor look like a serene and dreamy thing. That odd pairing makes this a truly unique film.
It really is so bad it's brilliant. I adore this film for sentimental, childhood watching reasons! The hovering nuns still freak me out, I always think twice before watching it just for that scene, haha.