Joyful Noise

  • Genre: Comedy/Musical

  • Director: Todd Graff

  • Stars: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer

  • Rate: ***

You’d have to be pretty hard hearted not to get a charge out of the outsized enthusiasm of Joyful Noise.

OK, the script is overloaded; it’s unashamedly cornpone and “squeaky clean” is an understatement. It concerns a local church choir in a vaguely unsettlingly small Georgia town where everyone knows your business.

And sadly, Dolly Parton may have passed the surgical tipping point.

However, the third act gospel competition is a glorious bolt of musical lightning that all but obliterates these niggling problems.

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