Rating Explanation: for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A predictable show business melodrama about a larger-than-life, crash-and-burn country music star and her unruly entourage.
DVD Features: Original ending; Deleted scenes; "Shake That Thing" extended performance with Gwyneth Paltrow; "Country Strong" music video featuring Gwyneth Paltrow; "A Little Bit Stronger" music video by Sara Evans.
Gwyneth Paltrow ...
Tim McGraw ...
Garrett Hedlund ...
Leighton Meester ...
Marshall Chapman ...
Jeremy Childs ...
J.D. Parker ...
Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love") plays an emotionally unstable country superstar in rehab whose manager-husband
(Tim McGraw "The Blind Side") gets her out of the facility far too soon to begin a
comeback. Somehow while in rehab she has an affair with an up-and-coming young singer (Garrett Hedlund "Tron: Legacy")
who just happens to work in the facility. Next thing you know, her
husband has signed him up as her opening act along with his new protege,
a beauty queen-turned-singer named Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester "Gossip Girl"). And before long a romantic triangle
turns into a quadrangle.
Gwyneth Paltrow looks great and sings even better, but, Tim McGraw is asked to go against his own likable personality and
play a character who is both self-pitying and continually out
of sorts. Even sadder is the fact it takes an awfully long time, until almost the the end of the movie until Gwyneth Paltrow finally gets to sing up a storm. But that she does beautifully. But, most of the relationships in Country Strong, directed by Shana Feste ("The Greatest") are poorly thought out and motivations are hard to
grasp as characters seemingly abandon their own best interests all through the movie.
There have been so many great country-music themed films in years gone by like "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Walk the Line" and "Crazy Heart," but "Country Strong" just isn't in the same class.