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Music and film superstars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah duet in this gospel choir dramedy about an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. Latifah plays the no-nonsense mom put in charge of the choir while Parton plays the choir director's widow. With a strong musical component, this inspirational film, also starring Kris Kristofferson and Courtney B. Vance, is written and directed by Todd Graff (Bandslam) and produced by the Oscar®-nominated team behind The Blind Side.
© 2012 Alcon Film Fund, LLC
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
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.
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Uplifting but cliched film has great songs, bland story.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, overall, Joyful Noise is more wholesome than not, despite some swearing (including "s--t" and "bitch") and sexual content (kissing/making out; implied sex between adults). Set in a struggling Georgia town where the only thing giving residents hope is a church choir on the way to the regional sing-off, the movie also has some moderate conflict between choir members, a fist fight that leaves two teens bloody and bruised, and angry confrontations between a teenage girl yearning for independence and her mother, who wants to protect her. But the characters generally want the best for each other, and the movie's underlying uplifting messages are about faith and spirituality.
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- Release Date:January 13, 2012
- Audio Format:5.1
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