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Larger than life and twice as loud, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton trade snappy one-liners and spirited musical numbers in Joyful Noise, an enjoyably corny musical comedy about a gospel choir seeking to uplift a depressed Southern town.
Sort of a homespun 'Glee' for audiences with walks of faith, 'Joyful Noise' is truly that, featuring a soundtrack that's infectious. And believe it or not, this gospel-tinged musical covers almost all genres, from Paul McCartney to Kirk Franklin.
The films strongest scenes take place when everyone gathers and lifts their voices. The songs here are powerful. Gospel fans will enjoy hearing not only Latifah and Parton but Gospel legends Kirk Franklin and Karen Peck.
The real problem with Joyful Noise is that it straddles the fence between musical parody and exploitative dramedy. Had Graff and his team just completely given into the comic goofiness of it all, the movie would have been something special.
An overstuffed plot about winning a national church choir competition is nothing more than Gospel Glee. Yet assembles gifted, mostly youthful voices singing praises to God, and not in the old, rugged cross kind of way.