DIR/WRI: Todd Graff • PRO: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Michael G. Nathanson, Catherine Paura • DOP: David Boyd • ED: Kathryn Himoff • DES: Jeff Knipp • Cast: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer
With the success of television’s Glee and the resurgence of musicals in popular culture, Joyful Noise comes to cinemas carrying an agenda where the others do not. Where Glee happily makes fun of itself and its campiness, Joyful Noise has no such self-awareness. It tells the story of a gospel choir in small-town America and their fortunes in a competition known as – you guessed it – Joyful Noise. It’s a national tournament for gospel singers and their churches that takes place in Los Angeles every year. The cast, led by Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, are beset by a myriad of problems that are painfully obvious and clichéd. Queen Latifah is a struggling mother of a precocious teenage daughter. Her husband’s rejoined the Army as a means of employment and, as well as her daughter’s raging hormones, she has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome to contend with. Meanwhile, Dolly Parton’s husband – played by Kris Kristofferson – has to manage her teenage grandson and his urges as well. All while getting the choir ready for the Joyful Noise compeition.
Rated PG (see IFCO website for details)
Duration: 117m 40s
Joyful Noise is released on 29th June 2012