‘Joyful Noise’

A typical feel good Dolly Parton experience, Joyful Noise is saccharine sweet as wealthy G.G. goes head to head with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah – Hairspray, Chicago).

A choir lead by Parton’s husband Kris Kristofferson until his recent death, Vi is just too traditional in her arrangements. Young star members Keke Palmer (Imperial Dreams, Madea’s Family Reunion), daughter of Vi, and G.G.’s wrong side of the tracks grandson, Jeremy Jordan (American Son, The Last Five Years) look for new inspiration as the choir head into a national competition.

Great singing and music aside, Joyful Noise is more of a dirge as a film, disingenuous and superficial, even if you find yourself rooting for the kids and the choir all the way.

Rating: 42%

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