If you like stereotypes, tropes, slapping kids in the face, and mostly-boring music, you will LOVE Joyful Noise! I read that it was a fantastic “feel good” movie, which I am a sucker for (I saw Remember the Titans at the theater twice), so I decided to check it out.
It was neither fantastic nor did it make me feel good. In fact, I found myself fast-forwarding through every song save one, which is pretty bad; I never do that unless I’ve seen a movie all the way through and want to skip to something!
While there were a couple of redeeming qualities in the movie—such as the inclusion of a child with Asperger’s—much of it was boring and stereotypical. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah both got on my nerves so bad—but it wasn’t their fault; it was their characters’ faults. I’ve loved both of these awesome women in other roles and was disappointed with the people they played this time around.
Want to feel good? Skip this movie and go for Remember the Titans, You’ve Got Mail, Penelope…or any other favorite “feel good” movie you’ve got on your list. Oddly enough, Cher’s film Mermaids also tops mine…