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The Music Lifted “Joyful Noise” Higher Than the Storyline

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Ladies, I watched Joyful Noise the other night. It’s a faith-filled movie, and for the most part, I did enjoy it.

There were some instances, however, that I found concerning. While the relationship between the teens Olivia (Keke Palmer) and Randy (Jeremy Jordan) seemed innocent enough, there were situations that were too sexual for my liking. And I didn’t like how they both disrespected Olivia’s mother, Vi Rose. There also were other elements in the movie that I felt sent mixed messages regarding immodesty. But I did love the music!

Joyful Noise stars both Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, and naturally their characters clash–at one point they have a hilarious food fight scene. But what they both do well is sing. And with their veteran voices, partnered with the fresh sounds of Palmer and Jordan, the music in this movie was fantastic!

Two songs in particular lifted my spirits. The others were great too, but these songs made me wish I could sing! So I thought I’d spread the joy and share them with you.

SPOILER ALERT: These two clips are from the end of the movie. If you’re planning on watching it, you may not want to see them. They don’t give away the story, but they do reveal how the movie ends.

The first song is “That’s the Way God Planned It,” performed by Ivan Kelley.

The next song is the “Higher” medley. Before you watch it, let me explain that it begins with the choir singing their intended song, “Not Enough,” but when Vi Rose (Latifah) sees that the audience is not responding enthusiastically, she switches to the medley. I hope you enjoy it!

What I loved most about the songs in this movie (and specifically the medley above) is that songs by artists like Usher and Chris Brown were used, but with Christian lyrics. And that just goes to show that Christian music can be hip and cool and still glorify God.

Despite some of the concerning elements in the movie, Joyful Noise received 5 Doves and a recommendation for ages 12 and older from the Dove Foundation. If you’re unfamiliar with the Dove Foundation, it’s a great resource for movie reviews–they base their ratings on what they consider family-friendly movies.

Ladies, which Christian movie do you feel has both a great moral storyline and uplifting soundtrack?

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  1. texasgirl

    Posted by texasgirl on November 11, 2012 at 17:02

    If this is not a completely clean movie, when people say it’s Christian, & non-Christians watch it and see and hear cussing and sex before marriage, they’ll think that’s part of Christianity. And it’s not.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by rbianu00 on November 11, 2012 at 09:02

    I saw the movie and I thought it would be a lot more innocent also and there was a lot of cussing which threw me off guard. I was so happy though when they took all the music in the movie and made them have a Christian focus.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by liv4christ on November 9, 2012 at 17:34

    I LOVED “Joyful Noise.” I didn’t think it was at all innappropriate, and while I may not act the way Olivia did, I don’t think it was inappropriate. Also, I don’t really think Olivia’s mom was disrespected, but the movie did a fantastic job at showing Vi Rose in Olivia’s point of view, and I had great respect for Vi by the end of the movie.

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 9, 2012 at 00:24

    I plan on watching this movie,and my favorite christian movie,which is my 1st favorite movie of all time(I have 2 favorties.Twilight series is the second)is Passion Of The Christ! <3

  5. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on November 8, 2012 at 17:35

    Not a very flattering pic up top, either…I mean, it’s like, “Why hello, Dolly’s breasts. How are you today?” Everyone else has formless robes except her. Odd, no? And the expression on that guy in the middle is so vacant…

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by liv4christ on November 9, 2012 at 17:40

      If you watch the movie, you would understand that Dolly’s robe being fitted is actually scripted and something that was done by her character, which she is ridiculed for.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 10, 2012 at 12:20

        I don’t really care. She creeps me out; my parents dragged me to her theme park in Tennessee, and she made an appearance…dressed in a very form-fitting white tiger costume. It was freakish.

  6. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on November 8, 2012 at 17:04

    I agree with T.M! The movie had a great storyline, but it was bad in some parts! The movies I love is Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Courageous!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Domino on November 8, 2012 at 16:44

    I didn’t like this movie. The music wasn’t the best, in my opinion, and it didn’t seem to focus on God, even though it was labeled a ‘Christian’ movie. Also, there were a lot of unnecessary elements thrown in there with the romantic interests, and they portrayed the more ‘godly’ people as being the bad guys.
    But that’s just my opinion…

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Deegirl08 on November 8, 2012 at 16:30

    I love Fireproof and Courageous!:) 🙂 I also like the Left Behind movies with Kirk Cameron.

  9. Emi

    Posted by Emi on November 8, 2012 at 15:18

    I enjoy the music in Sister Act 1 and 2. I’m not sure if the those two movies had a great moral storyline though.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by QuannasLove on November 8, 2012 at 14:17

    I loved the Higher medley! The movie was great, but there were a few parts when my sister had to say, “DAD, the filter’s not working!!” Other than those moments I thought it fantastic.

  11. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on November 8, 2012 at 13:36

    No thanks.

    1.) I don’t watch Christian films, preferring films of actual quality.
    2.) I don’t trust Christian reviews/rating systems; they’re usually way off-base and uber-paranoid.

    • Eurydice

      Posted by Eurydice on November 9, 2012 at 08:21

      Skeptical. Highly skeptical. The closest I get to “Christian film” is LoTR. They’re good films based on amazing literature with Christian allegory. I don’t watch it because it’s Christian; I watch it because it’s good. That’s why I actively oppose the Christian film/music/lit genres. Don’t consume certain entertainment because it’s Christian; enjoy it because it’s well-made.

      • ruthie27064Him

        Posted by ruthie27064Him on November 13, 2012 at 13:49

        You’re right. I’m sorry. I got defensive, is all, and I have a bad temper. Truce? Shall we agree to disagree?

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 12, 2012 at 16:50

        “As for movies, as long as Christian movies glorify God, and not man, then any Christian would be happy to watch it, no matter the quality, and we stand with those who try to make it happen, because it’s for GOD, and trying to reach the lost, and THAT’S what’s important.”

        Now THAT is offensive. I don’t appreciate implications that I’m not a Christian just because I don’t support Christian cinema.

      • ruthie27064Him

        Posted by ruthie27064Him on November 11, 2012 at 19:20

        The problem, I think, in your view point, is A: All Christian is BAD when it comes to production and cinematography, and music quality, whatever. B: There are no separate categories that you deemed worthy of even considering. It’s just one big lump, and because it’s Christian, it’s not good quality?

        I find this highly offensive. You, Eurydice, are being very closed minded about this whole thing, and it’s, frankly, unfair, and annoying. There are many, many, many different Christian artists and styles. Some, like Switchfoot, Red, and Thousand Foot Crutch, are much more, I dunno, hard-core than say, MercyMe (which, in my opinion, are very talented artists,) Casting Crowns, and David Crowder, but here’s the thing; They all serve one and the same God. And THAT’S what’s important. Sure, there can be some, well, not so great, Christian music, but that’s just a matter of opinion. But, there is SO much more trashy music in the secular sense than there is in the Christian genre, (also a matter of opinion). As for movies, as long as Christian movies glorify God, and not man, then any Christian would be happy to watch it, no matter the quality, and we stand with those who try to make it happen, because it’s for GOD, and trying to reach the lost, and THAT’S what’s important.

        Okay, I’m done ranting… I think.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 10, 2012 at 12:23

        I don’t listen to Christian music either. My mother absolutely loves Casting Crowns and Mercy Me and stuff like that. I can’t stand it. It’s just not to my taste.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 10, 2012 at 12:22

        I read Patrol, a progressive Christian magazine, and I trust their reviews. I read all I want to know about Fireproof, Courageous, and October Baby. Not even remotely interested. And I will not be watching Passion of the Christ because I think it’s an insult to Christ’s suffering. That’s just a personal conviction of mine. Besides, Mel Gibson is a nutter. :p

      • HollyHeart96

        Posted by HollyHeart96 on November 10, 2012 at 05:21

        That was the second movie that church made. Their movies progressively get better. Fireproof was a great movie and Courageous was amazing! And not to forget the Passion of the Christ. Tht movie had some of the greatest and most real aesthetics and stuff it was made amazingly. As for music Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Toby Mac, and Matthew West are amazing just to name a few. There music is great, well made an has a positive message.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by liv4christ on November 9, 2012 at 17:39

        I agree with you, but I think it really depends on the movie. “Joyful Noise” is not really a ‘Christian’ movie in the way you are thinking. Many of the actors are not Christians and I don’t think it was produced by a Christian film company.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 9, 2012 at 10:52

        I hadn’t even heard of those films until recently, and I will not be watching them on principle. I’m viewing Christian films as bad quality because I’ve seen Christian films and they were all bad quality. Facing the Giants is my primary example. My youth group and I couldn’t stop mocking it, the cinematography was so bad…

        It’s nice that these people make films to glorify God, but I watch movies for aesthetics and entertainment. It’s about art. Secular films typically have a better budget, better actors, better writers, and better story. That’s just my opinion.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Journalistlove on November 9, 2012 at 10:26

        The reason most people make those movies is to glorify God. You’re being honest, and not fake, and that’s good. But I think you forget what this life is really about. It’s not about entertainment or how good the movie is: it’s about the heart.

      • Dancer16

        Posted by Dancer16 on November 9, 2012 at 10:24

        Well, I for one have seen many Christian movies that were VERY well made. I think you’re just viewing them as bad quality BECAUSE they’re Christian. Look at stuff from God’s point of view, not the world’s. Have you ever seen Courageous or OctoberBaby? Those movies were both not only touching, but also really funny at times and I think the quality was great!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Deegirl08 on November 8, 2012 at 16:29

      That was uncalled for…

      • Purplson

        Posted by Purplson on November 8, 2012 at 20:49

        Hey Eurydice, look up Nanalew on youtube. She is starting a film company and she is a christian. I think she has quality and still glorifies God.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 8, 2012 at 16:37

        I just feel that the Christian film industry sacrifices quality for so-called “Christian values.”

  12. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on November 8, 2012 at 13:14

    Based on the second video, it seems as if all anyone cares about is being entertained. That should not be the case!