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Running Time:
1 hour, 51 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and brief sexuality.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A familiar but memorable character study of a man rescued from the brink of self-destruction, and it's brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Deleted scenes.

Jeff Bridges ... Bad Blake
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jean Craddock
Robert Duvall ... Wayne
Tom Bower ... Bill Wilson
Colin Farrell ... Tommy Sweet
James Keane ... Manager
William Marquez ... Doctor
Ryan Bingham ... Tony

Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges Performing at a series of dingy bars and bowling alleys across the Southwest, and drunk for nearly every waking moment, cowboy/singer Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges "The Big Lebowski") is friendly and giving but very messed up, often running off stage and vomiting in the middle of a performance. In New Mexico he strikes up a romance with local reporter Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal "Secretary"), a single mom who is wary but not unwilling to take a chance on a man 30 years older. Bad, who has perfected the art of living for the moment, is smitten, ignoring any sign that Jean wants him to sober up. And she falls for the irascible, but talented slob, both because she really likes him and for the sake of her adorable son (Jack Nation), who bonds with Bad almost as soon as they meet.

At some point in his past, Bad mentored a young musician named Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell "Phone Booth"), who has gone on to become something of a superstar. Tommy keeps trying to help Bad, offering a to have him open for him or even writing some songs for him to record, but Bad, sensing a handout, won't accept. The scenes between the two of them, are among the film's best, and also provide a much-needed context for the film's country music setting. The original songs by
T. Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham are perfect for the Bridges, but there are also many moments in the film that strain credulity, for a lifetime of bad decisions isn't reversed as quickly as it seems to be here, and it seems that it ought to take more than just a woman as beautiful as Maggie Gyllenhaal to convince a man as stubborn as Bad to change his ways.

Crazy Heart  written and directed by former actor Scott Cooper seems to lose track of many its supporting characters, but Bad is always completely believable,  due to Jeff Bridges' towering performance that's so totally warm and intuitive that he somehow seems to make the whole film work. Whether he's sharing scenes with his longtime friend Wayne (Robert Duvall "Tender Mercies") or his old buddy Tommy (Colin Farrell), Jeff Bridges is perfection, perhaps in a large part due to our years of fondness for him as an actor. He carries the movie even when it isn't quite up to his level, which makes it an experience that
despite its lack of surprises, is quite wonderful.


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