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Joyful Noise (2012)



Critic 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.

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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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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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Critic Reviews for Joyful Noise

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (53)

Joyful Noise comes alive in the performance scenes but the dramatic dialogue is so insipid that even good actors sound as though they're reading from a generic cut-and-paste script.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Even numbers by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson take on a religious note. Not much of a God-given screenplay, however.

June 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Todd Graff's film sags badly in the middle and is clunky with social context (recession, Asperger's), but there's enough good heart to see you through.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Actor-turned-director Todd Graff actually knows what he's doing.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As manufactured, saccharine and unsubtle as Parton, but who's to mess with a winning formula?

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...

June 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Joyful Noise

"Joyful Noise was indeed joyful. I liked it. I thought it had an essence of Glee and Sister Act going for it. The movie had a lot of emotions going on in it. You had mourning, joy, silliness, humor, and a lot of the times, heartfelt scenes. I thought everyone did a great job. I couldn't believe the Queen put Ms. Dolly in a headlock. That was pretty funny. It's something to watch with the kids. I enjoyed the singing and the ribbing Dolly and the Queen gave each other. I would probably see this again."


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Corny, sappy and predictable, but I expected that. Big payoff at the end, which I expected and enjoyed. The rest of the movie was average at best. Dolly Parton's face is quite comical....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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 Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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