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by Tony Medley
Run time 104
OK for children
This starts out
with a rollicking concert with wonderful singing and dancing by the
choir that includes Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. For the next 45
minutes it is filled with terrific music and I thought I was seeing a
it makes the music secondary to an uninvolving story of a love affair
between Queen Latifah's daughter, Keke Palmer, and Dolly's grandson,
Jeremy Jordan, a romance that is notable for an astonishing lack of
chemistry between the two.
The purpose of
the film seems to be to send a message about multi-racial romance because
the two main romances in the film are multi-racial. Not that there's
anything wrong with that, but they are so in-your-face that one worries
about exiting the film with a concussion from being so bombarded with
director Todd Graff's Point of View. Except for Dolly and her husband,
Kris Kristofferson, who dies in the first minute of the film, and Queen Latifah and her husband, who is pretty much absent from the film until
the last minute, there are no couples that are both white or both black
or both Asian. Every romance is mixed.
attempt to send a message is a shame because the music is really
terrific. But when the middle of the film diverts from the choir and the
singing and the music into what comes across as mawkish preaching, the
joy of the music and the other moral principles in the film are pretty
much lost. I really don't care what the message is, or whether I agree
or disagree, when a filmmaker obstinately thrusts your face in his
message for almost two hours, it becomes distasteful. It is particularly
inappropriate when he has lured you into his theater advertising one
thing and then concentrates on manipulating your opinion about something
entirely different. This could have been a good movie about music and a
choir working to win a title, like The School of Rock (2003),
which didn't have any subtheme and contained 35 songs. It was mostly
film contains 27 songs, after the first 45 minutes, I found myself
fighting to stay awake. Unfortunately, it was a fight I won.