This is like a bowl of Campbell chicken noddle soup on a snowy night: warm, familiar, and soothing. In a nutshell, the songs are pop-gospel, and at times, quite uplifting.
Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson) is the choirmaster of his church in Pacashau, Georgia, and G.G. Sparrow(Dolly Parton) is his wife, turns widow shortly after a performance. In the choir line-up, we also have Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah), who becomes the music director, after Bernard’s passing. Vi Rose, a big contributor to the church is not happy, but must live with the decision.
Olivia Hill(Keke Palmer), Vi Ross’ daughter, perhaps, a reflection of late Whitney Houston when she was young singing in her church: great voice, and bit rebellious. While not directing the church choir, Vi Rose works as a registered nurse, her son Walter Hill(Dexter Darden) has Asperger, and her husband, Marcus Hill (Jesse L. Martin) lives far away in the army base.
Randy Garrity (Jeremy Jordan) is G.G.’s grandson, and his appearance spells problems, which were well-known in the town during his juvenile years. Randy and Olivia grows up together, and they fall in love again. Wonder how strait-laced mom, Vi Ross, reacts? In addition, the rivalry between Vi Ross and G.G. gets more and more apparent as more rehearsals take place.
Who knows there is regional gospel choir contest?! and national final. Yes, the church choir wins the regional by default, and goes on to the national final. The only thing is that Vi Ross must shed her stubborn, old-style, and strut and swing to victory. Don’t forget it is about Randy and Olivia, the young love that concurs all. Oh, I should also add, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) is the finale moment.
There are funny moments between Vi Ross and G.G., but there are also touching moments comes from no where here and there that are not corny at all.