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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Dolly Parton
Queen Latifah
Keke Palmer
Jeremy Jordan.
Directors
Todd Graff.
Screenwriters
Todd Graff.
Running Time
118 minutes

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Joyful Noise
Hello Dolly!


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Plot
When a small-town church's choir director dies, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah) steps into the role with the aim of maintaining the group's proud gospel tradition. But the director's widow, G.G. Sparrow (Parton), feels she should have been given the post, and, as the choir heads towards a national competition, the church finds itself in a storm.


Review
Joyful Noise
There's something appealing in the idea of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as competing divas in a small-town choir. Sadly, this unfocused and clichéd effort is neither as campily delightful nor dramatically powerful as one might wish. Determined to tackle social and personal issues from autism to grief to small-town economic depression, it tries to have its cake and eat it too with bizarre comic asides and high-concept musical numbers amid the heartache. And while the leading ladies spark nicely, far too much time is devoted to all the town’s other residents and/or moralising, leaving this feeling more like a squashed TV series from some obscure religious network than a cinematic effort. It also gets minus points for blatantly stealing its finale from Sister Act 2.


Verdict
A join-the-dots parade of feel-good clichés. And not in a good way.


Reviewed by William Thomas

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No joy here

The only noise you’re likely to emit while watching this cornball musical is stifled groans at the endless run of clichés it throws at you in what it calls a plot. Broadly played, it sets Latifah and Parton up against each other as squabbling members of a Georgia gospel choir while spouting lots of homilies about how music can bring people together. Some of the music is quite rousing but you have to wade through so much treacle to get to it, it’s not worth the effort. Parton loo... More

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