Joyful Noise

2012

Joyful Noise

Critics Consensus

Joyful Noise's musical numbers are solidly entertaining, and it benefits from Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton's sizable chemistry; unfortunately, they aren't enough to make up for the rest of the film.

31%

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Total Count: 127

65%

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User Ratings: 28,808
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Movie Info

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 heat between G.G. and Vi Rose. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Queen Latifah
as Vi Rose Hill
Dolly Parton
as G.G. Sparrow
Keke Palmer
as Olivia Hill
Dexter Darden
as Walter Hill
Courtney B. Vance
as Pastor Dale
Kirk Franklin
as Baylor Skykes
Andy Karl
as Caleb
Kris Kristofferson
as Bernard Sparrow
Jesse L. Martin
as Marcus Hill
Francis Jue
as Mr. Hsu
Roy Huang
as Justin
Judd Lormand
as Officer Darrell Lino
Karen Peck and New River
as "Mighty High" Soloist
Ivan Kelley Jr.
as Our Lady Of Perpetual Tears Soloist
David Dwyer
as Caleb's Dad
Stevie Ray Dallimore
as Restaurant Manager
Kevin Bulla
as Stage Manager
Ziah Colón
as Club Girl
Hajji Golightly
as Man At Table
Rana Kirkland
as Church Kitchen Patron #1
Bruce Williamson
as Church Kitchen Patron #2
Maurice Johnson
as Man With Cellphone
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Audience Reviews for Joyful Noise

  • Jun 26, 2013
    A little cheesy and silly, but I really liked it. I adore Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, and I thought they were great in their parts.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2012
    This movie was a really good feel-good movie. I was smiling throughout the whole thing and all in all just felt really happy. Great vocals on all the cast members, which made all the songs a joy to listen to. The story is fine - it has both funny and sincere moments. Really, there isn't much to say about this. If you like the trailer, and you're okay with musicals and religious content, you will probably enjoy this film just as much as I did. What did this movie teach me? God is like a parent - you don't always understand why they do what they do, but they'll always love you.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2012
    Who would have ever said "man I wish Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah made a movie together"? Well, someone did and they did. This is a dramedy/musical. Story of a church choice trying to get their act together after a death in their church, while trying to win a choir competition. Parton and Larifah are obviously opposites and their characters reflect their real life persona's and they clash. While they glass Parton's grandson and Latifah's son start a romance, adding a good dynamic to the story. However the movie is filled with chiche's, a mix of good and odd musical choices, and cheesy performances. Definitely a chick flick, guys skip this one.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2012
    Formulaic entertainment that suffers whenever Queen Latifah or Dolly Parton is off the screen. They are both in fine voice although it's a horror show what Dolly has done to her face. Enjoyable but forgettable and minor.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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