Joyful Noise | Chicago Reader

Joyful Noise

Everyone onscreen (including Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, and the lesser-known supporting players) seems to be having a good time in this cheesy musical comedy, even though the material is strictly by-the-numbers. A small-town gospel choir prepares for a national competition, and most of the singers have sitcom-ready conflicts that get neatly resolved by the end. The sentiments are agreeable enough: the choir is notably multiracial, the church’s rich benefactress (Parton) enjoys familial relationships with the working-class congregants, and all the characters speak in funny southern homilies. But it’s hard to enjoy the movie’s charms when writer-director Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam) keeps trying to shove them down your throat.



  • Todd Graff


  • Queen Latifah
  • Dolly Parton
  • Keke Palmer
  • Jeremy Jordan
  • Courtney B. Vance
  • Dexter Darden
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Jesse Martin
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Angela Grovey
  • Andy Karl
  • Dequina Moore
  • Paul Woolfolk
  • Francis Jue
  • Roy Huang
  • Judd Lormand


  • Michael Nathanson
  • Joseph Farrell
  • Catherine Paura
  • Broderick Johnson
  • Andrew A. Kosove
  • Timothy M. Bourne
  • Queen Latifah
  • Shakim Compere

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