Any movie starring Oscar nominees Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton is a must-see in my opinion. Two funny women with strong personalities and amazing voices can only mean lots of laughs and probably a few tears along the way.
The women, the most vocal leaders of the Divinity Church Choir, find themselves at odds about the direction the choir needs to take in order to win the National Joyful Noise Competition. Queen Latifah's Vi Rose Hill wants to stick to the choir's tried-and-true style, while Dolly Parton's G.G. Sparrow thinks that just means tired-and-old!
Working together, the women need to find a way to lift the Divinity Church Choir to its highest heights, as everyone is looking to them to inspire the entire town.
I was in the choir when I was young, and music and singing always gave me a sense of freedom I couldn't get anywhere else. I come from a very musical family actually, but mostly these two exceptionally strong women in Joyful Noise remind me of my mom, who through difficult times, always brought us together and made everything look easy.
My parents divorced when I was eleven and my brother was five, and my mom got sole custody of us. My father had bi-weekly visits, and while he was supposed to pay my mom $800 a month child support, never paid a penny. Instead of knocking my mom over, she stayed strong and powerful and figured out a way to keep my brother and I from starving and living in squalor for our entire lives. Some weeks she only had $10 left over for groceries, but she always seemed to make a healthy dinner for us. Every night we sat at the table for dinner, just the three of us laughing and joking about our days and everything in between. There was no outside world when we were together. Our family was the three of us, period.
I think my mom forgets now just how strong she was during those years and how truly inspirational she was to us. I have a feeling we don't tell her often enough what an outstanding job she did all on her own, and maybe we should remind her of her own awesomeness at a time like now when she feels a bit lost in life. Joyful Noise originally reminded me of how inspirational and supportive my mom was to me, but maybe now I can be an inspiration to her and remind her of the outstanding strength she possesses.
What about you, is there a lady in your life who has been a source of inspiration for you? Tell me about her and how she's changed your life in the comments!
Find more information about Joyful Noise at Facebook and Warner Bros. Pictures' Twitter. Also check out the BlogHer.com Joyful Noise page to see what other bloggers thought of the movie. It opens in theaters on January 13th, and I can't wait to see what's in store for the Divinity Church Choir!