What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, overall, Joyful Noise is more wholesome than not, despite some swearing (including "s--t" and "bitch") and sexual content (kissing/making out; implied sex between adults). Set in a struggling Georgia town where the only thing giving residents hope is a church choir on the way to the regional sing-off, the movie also has some moderate conflict between choir members, a fist fight that leaves two teens bloody and bruised, and angry confrontations between a teenage girl yearning for independence and her mother, who wants to protect her. But the characters generally want the best for each other, and the movie's underlying uplifting messages are about faith and spirituality.
- Families can talk about Joyful Noise's messages. What do you think filmmakers want audiences to take away? How can you tell?
- Are the characters (particularly the teens) believable? Do you think their decisions are relatable?
- Talk about the relationship between Olivia and her mother. Why are they fighting? Is it possible they're both right?