Joyful Noise


Sister Act meets “Glee” in a mess of a movie. A small town suffering economic woes puts its hope in the church gospel choir as it moves up into national competition, and the choir itself is divided over staying with traditional music or turning to pop. Interestingly, Motown music returns to its gospel roots, as when “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” becomes “Here I am Lord, signed, sealed delivered, I’m yours!” While there are a few brief moments of sincere talk of faith, these moments are lost in a jumble of slapstick humor, mixed-up morality, and oddly interjected sexual content. Great acting by Queen Latifah (Chicago) and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) can’t save this confused film, nor can the ever-buoyant Dolly Parton. Go see a real gospel choir instead. (Warner Bros.)

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We saw the movie this past week. Loved the singing but the various story lines were buried in the songs. What could have been a movie about reconciliation and grace turned into a movie that couldn't define it's own genre.