Joyful Noise

January 13th 2012
  • Comedy,
  • PG-13,
  • 118 min,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Dolly Parton, Jesse L. Martin, Judd Lormand, Chloe Bailey, Cait Johnson, Dexter Darden, Alphonse A. Lambert Jr., Joe Crosson, Jeremy Jordan, Steve Warren, Roy Huang, Jill St. Williams, Katie Kneeland, Mervyn Warren, Walter Hendrix, Masha Dowell, Andy Karl, Karen Beyer, Jonathan Hart, Trey Best, Valencia Barnes, Marvin West, Francis Jue, Bruce Williamson, Maurice Johnson, Kevin Bulla
  • Director: Todd Graff
  • Writer: Todd Graff
  • Producers: Joseph Farrell, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Michael G. Nathanson, Catherine Paura
  • Co Producers: Yolanda T. Cochran, K.C. Hodenfield
  • Executive Producer: Timothy M. Bourne
  • Art Direction: Victoria Ruskin
  • Castings: Tiffany Little Canfield, Mark Fincannon, Bernard Telsey
  • Costume Design: Tom Broecker
  • D.O.P.: David Boyd
  • Editor: Kathryn Himoff
  • Makeup: Sarah Mays
  • Music: Mervyn Warren
  • Production Design: Jeff Knipp


After the untimely death of a small-town choir director in Georgia, Vi Rose Hill, a no-nonsense mother of two teens (Latifah) takes control of the choir, although the director's widow G.G. Sparrow (Parton) believes she should have been given the position. Budget problems threaten to close down the choir.

Ultimately, the two women overcome their differences and steer the choir toward a slot in the annual national "Joyful Noise" choir competition. Meanwhile, a romance between Vi's daughter Olivia (Palmer) and the widow's nephew Randy (Jordan) ensues.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Georgia, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some language including a sexual reference
  • Production Companies: Alcon Entertainment, Farrell Paura Productions, O.N.C. Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: February 2011 - April 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A Georgia-set choir movie with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton? This is one of those films that sells itself on the concept and stars alone - from that one line description you will be able to determine whether this holds any interest or not.

The story is fairly routine - gospel choir director dies and a tussle breaks out between his widow and a single mother over who should take over and what kind of music to sing. Throw in the choir undergoing financial problems, a young romance, and a national competition - you can pretty much see where this is going.

Supporting roles are filled out by "True Jackson VP" star Keke Palmer and Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan (NOT the 90's teen pop idol sadly) along with brief appearances from Jesse L. Martin, Courtney B. Vance and Kris Kristofferson who gets a duet in the afterlife.

Actor turned writer/director Todd Graff certainly has familiarity with this material, and his previous fun but often cheesy credits "Camp" and "Bandslam" are better films than their loglines let on. I'll be surprised if that's the case again here."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 March 2012: Singapore
  • 26 April 2012: Australia, New Zealand