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Joyful Noise

Released

Latest Home Video

May 01, 2012

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

118

Director

Todd Graff

Cast

Queen Latifah

Dolly Parton

Keke Palmer

Studio

2012 Warner Brothers

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Still shot from the movie: Joyful Noise.

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OverallB
ViolenceB
SexC
LanguageC
Drugs/AlcoholA-
Run Time118

Making the Grades

Joyful Noise may be pieced together with quaint homey adages from G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton) and jabs at her obvious penchant for cosmetic surgery. It may repeatedly play the stereotypical underdog choir note and be packed with several bigger than life characters. But I liked it. (Maybe I just needed something over-the-top to get me through January.)

In this case the clichéd writing seems almost purposeful, a way of making fun of itself while providing just enough storyline to introduce the next amazing melodic performance. And after all, what other purpose does dialogue play in the musical genre.

In the story, Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) and G.G. Sparrow spar off as two parishioners vying for the position of choir director after the untimely death of their previous leader, G.G.‘s husband (Kris Kristofferson). Tensions rise when Pastor Dale (Courtney B. Vance) and the rest of the church council give the position to Vi Rose. But with a big competition looming in the near future, the singers have to focus on finding a new sound and energy to help them win the coveted trophy and bring hope to their financially decimated town.

While some sexual jokes surrounding two adolescent lovers and a string of moderate profanities strike a discordant chord in this screenplay, the strong musical performances may make this movie’s soundtrack even more popular than the film. Queen Latifah and Parton’s great vocal deliveries are to be expected. However Keke Palmer, Randy Garrity, Ivan Kelley Jr. and a cast of others prove to be equally capable performers.

Luckily church still provides a refuge and a sense of community for these members (although a couple of singers take the fellowship too far and end up spending the night together after groping one another outside the church doors). For Vi Rose, struggling to raise her daughter (Keke Palmer) and autistic son (Dexter Darden) on her own, performing gospel music also connects her with God. But whether you’re a believer or not, this film’s tuneful renditions make it easy to enjoy this joyful musical experience.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Joyful Noise.

Why is Vi Rose hesitant to let Randy join the choir? Does she have good reason to be wary of his motivations? Why is revamping the sound of the group a scary proposal?

Why is music often an important part of religious worship? How does singing in the choir inspire these congregation members, especially in the face of setbacks? How does singing help them feel the “Spirit” of God?

What relationship resolutions are portrayed in this film? Are they realistic?

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Joyful Noise.

Gospel music competitions fuel the scripts of the movies Sister Act 2 and The Fighting Temptations. Keke Palmer, who plays the daughter of one of the divas, gets involved in another kind of competition in Akeelah and the Bee.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Coarse Language.
AB PG
MB PG
ON PG Language May Offend.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Joyful Noise...

Home Video Notes; Joyful Noise

Release Date: 1 May 2012

Joyful Noise releases to home video with the following extras:

- Spotlight on a Song: Dolly Parton’s “From Here to the Moon”

- Inspiration of Joyful Noise

- Make Some Noise

- Leading Ladies

- Extended songs

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