Sister Act meets Burlesque in the American south. As loglines go, Joyful Noise has a doozy. Throw in country music superstar Dolly Parton and rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah and it’s almost as if the filmmakers were making a film designed specifically for my own heart. That the finished product from director Todd Graff (Camp) is somewhat underwhelming, undercooked, and under-written is disappointing, but that doesn’t stop the film having a delightful spirit that comes through loud and clear even when the direction doesn’t seem to care much about anything. Anything other than allowing Parton and Latifah to do their thing in between catchy gospel/soul ditties and cutesy simplified teen romance of its younger leads (Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan), of course.