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Country Strong (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 January 2011 (USA)
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A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,000 (USA) (24 December 2010)


$20,218,921 (USA) (11 February 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Garrett and Tim worked together 6 years prior to Country Strong as 'Father and Son' in Friday Night Lights. See more »


At the Dallas show, Beau sits down at a Hammond organ. He starts singing and playing it, and the sound we hear is that of an electric piano. See more »


James Canter: [to reporters] We couldn't be happier. We got 3 sold out shows, we got the hottest 2 acts of country music coming around in a long time, and Texas never seen anything like this.
Reporter: Kelly, how do you feel returning to Dallas?
Kelly Canter: I feel ok, I think it's gonna be good.
Reporter: Anything else to say to your fans?
Kelly Canter: I love y'all, thanks for coming out.
James Canter: She looks great, doesn't she, guys?
Kelly Canter: Thank you so much, thank you.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.65 (2011) See more »


It Ain't Gotta Be Love
Written by Wayd Battle, Ben Daniel and Brett Eldredge
Performed by Brett Eldredge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

Not terrible but not good.
9 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a relatively new fan of country music, I must say I was disappointed in this movie. It had its moments, but overall I cannot recommend it. The clumsy, disconnected screenplay was probably the worst aspect of the film as it gave the actors little to work with. There didn't seem to be much continuity to the film, but just a bunch of scenes thrown together. Aside from her singing the title song, there was nothing about the main character (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) that was remotely strong, and the ending was hardly inspiring in that regard. I cringed through the first half of the movie, which seemed to go overboard in portraying her flaws and failures, and wondered how much lower she would get before she turned things around. It was quite depressing, with no "payoff" at the end to make it worthwhile.

What the movie does have is some pretty good music. Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester all sang quite well and almost made this movie worth seeing. Hedlund gave the best acting performance, and Meester wasn't bad. But I was quite disappointed in Tim McGraw's effort and feel it was the weakest of his budding career. I don't know if it was because he was playing an insensitive jerk as opposed to the nice guys of his previous roles, but he seemed strained and unnatural. And as well as Paltrow sang, and as much as I have enjoyed previous work by her, she was unconvincing in her portrayal of a country superstar (limited in part by the poor script, as noted earlier). The charisma just wasn't there.

Seeing a movie like this makes me appreciate well-written and well-acted movies all the more. They have a unifying theme that takes you somewhere and ties things together at the end (unless, of course, there is to be a sequel). "Country Strong" just didn't have what it takes, but ending up looking more like a direct-to-video film. It should have been titled "Country Pathetic."

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