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Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise

Released 29 June 2012
Director Todd Graff
Starring



Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Jeremy Jordan, Kris Kristofferson
Writer(s) Todd Graff
Producer(s)



Michael Nathanson, Joseph Farrell, Catherine Paura, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove
Origin United States
Running Time 118 minutes
Genre Comedy, music
Rating PG
35

Songs in the key of Glee.

Set in rural Deep South Pacashau, Georgia, Joyful Noise is full of warm down-home country advice, light comedy, lots of singing but very little inspiration. Starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as two warring senior members of a church choir, Joyful Noise has the star power and potential likability to wander along from start to finish with the glib assurance of a reasonable amount of revenue.

Despite all its faults, Joyful Noise still isn't the kind of film you want to be mean about at all. In fact, you really want to like it, want to leave the cinema feeling warm, fuzzy and just that little bit happier than you were 118 minutes ago. So through all the slapped on, silly, sentimental Chicken Soup for the Soul stuff you really do hope the choir get to regionals (or whatever) because, at the end of the day, Joyful Noise's largely insincere God bothering-heart is in the right place, isn't it?

Ah yeah, it definitely is, well, probably, I mean, I'm sure it's no more cynically constructed than most middle of the road phoned in broadly comedic Hollywood films. It does seem extremely lazy, though. Lazy and unexamined. It's a late adopter of the trend set off by High School Musical, Glee and a whole host of other singing, dancing, happy clappy, shiny films and as a result it brings nothing new to the table. Queen Latifah and Dolly are great, they have some good lines and there are one maybe even two genuinely funny moments in the film but overall there isn't much to excite.

Joyful Noise is probably a bit too loud for most, the editing's awful, the plot points are poor, and it often finds itself falling as flat on its face as the empty aphorisms Dolly Parton utters every second minute of this far below average movie.

- Cormac O’Brien