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Review: Joyful Noise

Rafter-rocking gospel singing
By TOM MEEK  |  January 10, 2012
2.0 2.0 Stars

There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy. A church choir from Georgia is competing for the national championship, and two matriarchs in the group, G.G. (Dolly Parton), a rich belle, and Vi Rose (Queen Latifah), a struggling mother, come to blows when the latter is chosen to succeed G.G.'s recently deceased husband (Kris Kristofferson in a cameo) as the new director. Things get even cattier when G.G.'s wayward grandson (Jeremy Jordan) shows up wanting to join the choir and also starts chasing Vi Rose's daughter (Keke Palmer). As in a Tyler Perry movie, the obvious issues of race get buried under a litany of life-affirming platitudes. The performers, especially Latifah and Palmer, have their moments, if only when they're singing.

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