Joyful Noise

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It’s been twenty years since Dolly Parton has starred on the big screen in the comedy 9 to 5, but she is back and perky as ever in the family musical, Joyful Noise. When choir director Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson) of a southern Georgia church dies, Pastor Dale (Courtney D. Vandt) selects the assistant director Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) to take over the choir. One of the many problems is that the choir director’s wife, G. G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton) assumed she would be selected as the director because she thinks she is the best choice to lead the choir to win the Joyful Noise Gospel Contest for the first time ever. To add fuel to the fire, Vi Rose has two young children. One is 16-year-old daughter Olivia (Ke Ke Palmer) who is one of the soloists in the choir and who also has a crush on G.G.’s 16-year-old grandson Randy (Jeremy Jordan) who has just moved to town to live with his grandmother. These issues not only create conflict inside the choir, but Pastor Dale also says the church doesn’t have money to send the choir to the national contest this year – just to lose again. So, G.G. finds a way to come up with the money, but the pastor said he would not sign the sponsorship papers because the choir’s music is too contemporary. (I can hear Dolly Parton saying, “They have more problems then two porcupines kissing!”) This film has several flaws beginning with the predictable conflicts and sub-plots. All of the characters are stereotypical and just “happen” to fit in the story. There is a military man who is away from his family, a single woman trying to raise kids, a rebellious teenager an autistic boy and that’s just in one family. (All they need is a blind uncle that is a movie critic to complete the family picture.) Now for the personal review. This film has heart, it’s humorous and it’s passionate. Not only will you love the characters, but the soundtrack is fantastic with pop, country and gospel music. Director Todd Graff has enjoyed success with such films as Bandslam and his experience shows with the toe-tapping arrangements that he includes in this film. This film is entertaining for the whole family and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.