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Joyful Noise

Rated PG-13 118 minutes 2012

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.

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Official Site: joyfulnoisemovie.warnerbros.com

Director: Todd Graff

Producer: Michael Nathanson, Joseph Farrell, Catherine Paura, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Timothy M. Bourne, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere

Cast: 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 and Judd Lormand

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