Joyful Noise

Release Date: January 13, 2012

Oh no! Dolly's face has frozen!

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137/169 Max Braden Keke Palmer provides some good singing. Dolly Parton does too, but when she comes in in the medley, her segment almost kills the momentum.

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Finally, the universe gives movie goers exactly what we have wanted for oh so long: a movie featuring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. Note: this is not a joke. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah have the following things in common: they sing and they have voluptuous body shapes. That’s it. Why they are making a movie together strikes me as the basis of a fabulous documentary, but that is beside the point. Joyful Noise is really a thing.

From the paragraph above, I am confident you have already determined whether or not you will watch the movie. So, the plot isn’t a huge concern. If you are wondering, however, Joyful Noise is a tale of two women feuding over which one should be choir director. I think we all can agree that if the options are Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, the choir is in good hands either way. For Latifah and Parton’s characters, however, this means war.

Apparently, some small town in Georgia has had a choir for many years now. Its director passes away, leaving Latifah as the optimal choice to assume control. The director’s widow, one Dolly Parton (we know a lot about the dead director’s…predilections from the rich man’s choice of wives), believes she should have been given the job instead. The women feud like only over-the-top Baptist women can, thereby splitting the church as is wont to happen in such circumstances.

Caught in the middle are a group of teens who have never performed well in the Joyful Noise competition. They must unite together if they are to win the show and thereby justify the expense of the church choir. Apparently, budget restraints create the (totally contrived) fear that the choir will have to be disbanded. I feel confident in stating that there is absolutely no chance that the choir in the movie Joyful Noise gets disbanded. Even so, that’s the drama that forces Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton to butt heads until they join together and form a musical super-diva-duo that destroys the entire Georgia musical landscape.

Joyful Noise sounds like the Step Up of choir movies, meaning it should do quite well. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Joyful Noise
Main Cast Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton
Supporting Cast Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Jeremy Jordan, Kris Kristofferson
Director Todd Graff
Screenwriter Todd Graff
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
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