1 hour, 51 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for language and brief sexuality.
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
| 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
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.