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Joyful Noise
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05.22.2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Todd Graff

Actors:
Queen Latifah
Dolly Parton
Keke Palmer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
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, stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.'s rebellious grandson, Randy. Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi Rose's beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia, and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more friction between G.G. and Vi Rose.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’ve been trying to find a good way to describe what this movie is like for everyone who hasn’t seen it who might be tempted to watch it. The best way that I can think to really convey what this movie is all about is that JOYFUL NOISE is essentially Glee but set in a church and instead of high schoolers, we’re dealing with well, churchgoers.

If you love hearing the words “Y’all,” “Praise be to the Lord,” and “God loves us” over and over and over again accompanied with loads of gospel music, then JOYFUL NOISE will be right up your alley. However, if you’re at all like me then this movie is probably not quite up your alley… and that’s coming from a girl who spent the better part of 12 years at Catholic school.

I wish I could say that this film would be enjoyable to the right demographic, but I really just think that there is no saving this film for anyone. The screenplay is pretty terrible, the story jumps all over the place and the dialogue is cheesy as hell. All of these things might be overlooked if the actors were able to actually act, but alas, everyone was mostly awful with no one quite being nearly as bad as Jeremy Jordan. I have no doubt that everyone in this film is talented when it comes to music, but that’s where their talents lie and should stay… far away from the big screen.

Oh, and Dolly Parton looks freakishly like a ventriloquist doll in this film. It’s terrifying.
THE EXTRAS
Spotlight on a Song: Dolly Parton's "From Here to the Moon": This is exactly what it sounds like. Dolly Parton wrote a bunch of songs for the film, including “From Here to the Moon” and she talks about how she came up with the song and all that jazz.

Inspiration of Joyful Noise: Todd Graff discusses how his parents used to be in a church choir and so Graff thought it would be a nifty idea to use his childhood experiences to create a film honouring those memories. The cast and crew then talk about the script and working on the film and bringing it all together.

Make Some Noise: Basically a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about what went on with the filming. The cast and crew talk about their characters and what it was like for them to work with one another. Yadda yadda yadda.

Leading Ladies: This is another feature that’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s all about Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton and how they came to be on the film and what it was like for the two singers/actresses to meet each other for the first time and work together.

”He’s Everything” Live: Exactly what it sounds like. A live version of the song from the film performed at an actual gospel choir competition in LA.

Extended songs: Yet another feature that is completely self-explanatory. If you liked the songs in the movie, these are the full-length songs that you can check out.

Deleted Scene: Let’s take a moment to note the singular tense of the feature. It’s one additional scene from the movie. It’s one additional scene that really doesn’t need to be part of the special features and definitely didn’t need to be a part of the movie.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Unless you really like gospel music, Queen Latifah or Dolly Parton, I would avoid this film at all costs. Sure it has a good message for those interested in that sort of stuff and sure to a certain demographic this film would definitely be appealing, but if you don’t happen to fall into that demographic though, JOYFUL NOISE is not worth your time.
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1:49AM on 05/22/2012
I bet that deep down inside you loved it. It's your new favorite I think. Ha ha! Awesome review. I have no interest in seeing this garbage now or ever but this gave me a good laugh.
I bet that deep down inside you loved it. It's your new favorite I think. Ha ha! Awesome review. I have no interest in seeing this garbage now or ever but this gave me a good laugh.
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