Joyful Noise

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Musical
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: January 13, 2012
DVD: May 1, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.96
based on 56 votes and 19 reviews
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Cast: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Jeremy Jordan, Kris Kristofferson, Dexter Darden, Angela Grovey, Paul Woolfolk, Jesse L. Martin, Shameik Moore


When the director of a small-town church choir unexpectedly dies, the job of leading the group is taken over by Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah), a no-nonsense single mother of two. But her tried-and-true style of running the choir is tested by the former director's widow, G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton), who thinks it's time to shake things up and try something new for the upcoming National Joyful Noise Competition. To make matters worse, G.G's grandson comes into town only to fall in love with Vi's daughter, a match neither woman is prepared to accept. The choir, which usually sings in harmony, all of a sudden finds itself falling apart at the seams.

Director: Todd Graff
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Joseph Farrell, Catherine Paura, Michael G. Nathanson
Screenplay: Todd Graff
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  • 5 stars "i've seen this movie twice - it made me want to join a choir or go to church, that's how powerful it was. i've bought the soundtrack and will probably buy the movie when it's released on dvd. the music is outstanding, the acting so-so, but all in all, it was entertaining and very uplifting."
  • 4 stars "excellent movie! predictable but entertaining!!!"
  • 3 stars "i enjoyed the story and music overall. i liked the singing when done solo portions, and not so keen on exuberant chorals of any kind (gospel or not). there was an unusual element (for american cinema) where east asian characters (two) are portrayed as being american... (one was for comic relief (no surprise); the second was 'happy or positive' even if secondary to the story, a first if not rare). slowly, but surely, hopefully, someday, such characters will be 'one of us' (inclusion) rather than 'just them' (exclusion)."