Comedy Musical - This is a music-filled comedy/drama aimed at family audiences. While
there is some mild language and brief, vaguely suggestive humor, most
parents will consider this safe viewing. Fans of the four lead stars
should be pleased.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average In trying so awkwardly to include a little something for everyone, 'Joyful Noise' succeeds in finding a little something to disappoint everyone, no matter what they were expecting.
USA TodayFull Review Average If it weren't for those musical numbers, Joyful Noise would be a slog. More singing and less talking would have made it better still.
Washington PostFull Review Average Praise the Lord for the talents of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, because without their comedic skills and saucy portrayals, the gospel-fueled 'Joyful Noise' might have descended into an overwhelming schmaltz-fest.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 122 moviegoers:
WOW! GREAT REVIEWS! Only a small percentage of the adult males and females were a little disappointed. Nearly everyone else LOVED "JOYFUL NOISE." It's rare for a small movie like this to receive reviews this high. So, GO SEE "JOYFUL NOISE."
The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people
are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the
National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in
harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear
them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly
wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G.
Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old.
Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.'s rebellious grandson, Randy
(Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi
Rose's beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks
between the two teenagers are causing even more friction between G.G. and Vi
If these two strong-willed women can put aside their differences for the good of
the people in their town, they - and their choir - may make the most joyful noise of