What an uplifting movie! Music is awesome, young actors are good, Queen Latifah and Dolly are so lovable and a great matchup. I can't remember the last time people actually applauded DURING a movie! But it happened several times during Joyful Noise.
After seeing 3 different movies this week where kids are disrespectful - and for no real reason except the script writer must enjoy disrespectful kids, it was very refreshing to see QL handle her daughter the way parenting should be done. This is a must see. It would have gotten 5 stars, but there a a couple of corny spots, but it was really a great couple of hours.
Sorry but I just have to respond to Nanette's comment about "not Christian". OMG!!! Wake up woman! Yeah, I thought that was one of the unnecessary parts of the film, but are we really supposed to believe Christians don't do that stuff?
Overall, I would encourage anyone to see this film. It is upbeat and makes you want to dance!
Hanks is in it so short you forget he's in it. Bullock, awesome as always, wish she had much more screen time. Kid is a good actor but the script bugged me most of the time. I blame the script not the kid. I wanted to walk out halfway though. I'm tired of kids in movies and TV being allowed (encouraged) to be disrespectful to adults as this kid was with John Goodman's character. I get that the kid is dealing with a major tragedy in his life, but before the tragedy he was like that. I get that he may or may not have had Aspergers, but I think the character would have touched my heart more and allowed me the good cry I was expecting had the story been a bit more realistic. I had to keep reminding myself this was in the 21st century because his clothes were that of a kid from the 50s. Just all around, the script didn't do this kid justice.
On a positive note, Sandra is aMAZing. The scene where she's on the phone with her husband is one of the highlights of the movie.
Save it for video.