January 13, 2012

If Dolly Parton Sing in Choirs With Queen Latifah

3 Women face off for the ultimate churchy showdown, they are : Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer. The fairly predictable story about a choir that dreams of winning the National Joyful Noise Competition impresses with song and dance numbers that soar. No matter how obvious things are, any film that delivers a Latifah-Parton food fight...well, really can't hate. Get ready for Glee-inspired mashups refashioned for the Faithful. Usher's hit "Yeah!" written as "I'm in the church with my homies!" - Just wait until you hear that.

The townsfolk need the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits, the small town of Pacashau, Ga., has fallen into hard times. But when choir director Bernie Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson with maybe a minute of screen time) up and dies, the pastor (the reliable Courtney B. Vance) must name a replacement. He chooses Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), which doesn't go over well with Sparrow's widow, G.G. (Dolly Parton). To take the choir to new directions—pop music! casual attire!—but knows that will never happen with Vi in charge, that's she wants.

Her teenage daughter Olivia (Palmer), who still isn't allowed to date boys, made nervous about Vi's newfound power. That's gonna be tough since Sparrow's hunky troublemaker grandson Randy (Jeremy Jordan) has just moved to town. He looks like Chris Pine and (no joke) teaches Vi's son to cope with his Asperger's syndrome through music. The kind of bad boy who sings like Zac Efron.

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