Joyful Noise is an uplifting and inspirational movie which stars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. These two actresses are pit against each by the differences in their personalities. The story revolves around a church choir made up of members from the community. Within the first few minutes of the movie the current choir director, who happens to be the husband of the character G G, played by Dolly Parton, dies. This leaves an opening in the choir for a new director which is soon to be filled by Vi Rose, played by Queen Latifah
Vi Rose is a single mother of two who takes her parenting job very serious. Her daughter Olivia sings in the church choir, but feels trapped under her mother's rules and regulations. Vi Rose also has a son Walter, who suffers from a behavior disorder known as Asperger syndrome. This disorder makes it difficult for Walter to relate to other people so he usually does not participate in social events. The close knit group of choir members, of which G G is one, is impacted by the sudden arrival of G G's grandson Randy. Randy is a bit of a drifter who develops an interest in Olivia, against the wishes of her mother.
To add more interest to the story, the church is in need of funds, which could be obtained if the choir were to enter and win a singing contest. This leads to a conflict of interest for the new choir director Vi Rose and the more free spirited character of G G. In the course of trying to settle on the right genre of music to perform, Randy befriends Walter and discovers the boy has a real knack for playing the piano. Walter and Randy develop a close friendship even though Vi Rose does not trust Randy.
While Vi Rose is raising her two children on her own, she does have a husband. It turns out he is enlisted and prefers to remain as an enlisted man than to come home and deal with the responsibilities of raising a family. Drama ensues when Randy and Olivia make an unscheduled trip to find her father. This drama is compounded by the Pastor's refusal to sign the enrollment papers so the choir can compete in the contest. The movie is filled with a lot of personal struggles by both teens and adults. The inspiration of the movie centers around the way the conflicts are resolved and how personal relationships change and develop over time.