“Mayhem! Gambling! Disco! In ‘Disaster!’ It’s All There for the Spoofing”
Alert the authorities! There’s a wayward nun on the loose in New York City, committing grand larceny eight times a week.
the heaven-sent Ms. Simard
But the breakout star is unquestionably Ms. Simard, playing Sister Mary Downy, a guitar-strumming nun who comes to the boat to convert the partygoers from lives of dissipation (“Gambling is a sin, you’re going to hell, have a nice day,” she tells one), but ends up performing an orgasmic pas de deux with a “Hawaii Five-O”-themed slot machine, to the tune of the disco classic “Never Can Say Goodbye.” (Connoisseurs will recognize Sister Mary as a nod to Helen Reddy’s singing nun in “Airport 1975.”)
Ms. Simard mines the sister’s pious nerdiness for delicious comedy, but really comes into her own when Sister Mary succumbs to her gambling addiction and makes mad love to that machine. No more proof needed that sinning is far more entertaining, and much funnier, than saintliness.