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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Joe (as JD Parker)
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Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
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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

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

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Drama | Music

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

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7 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Love Don't Let Me Down  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,000 (USA) (26 December 2010)

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$20,218,921 (USA)
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Trivia

Gwyneth Paltrow stated in an interview for Chelsea Lately (2007) that she considered it challenging to portray the character of Kelly Canter. To prepare for the role, she emailed her Ironman castmate Robert Downey Jr. (who's been sober for a very long time) for help understanding addiction and rehabilitation, and he wrote her back "the most amazing email" which really helped her. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Reporter: Chiles, who is your idol?
Chiles Stanton: Kelly Canter and Jesus Christ.
Beau Hutton: [to Kelly] You and Jesus Christ, who would have thought?
Kelly Canter: They love her.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) See more »

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Chances Are
Written by Nathan Chapman, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose
Produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten
Performed by Garrett Hedlund
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Not a bad movie....not a great movie....some good songs
7 January 2011 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This is a decent movie but not one that I loved. The singing in the movie is top notch except for 1 or 2 of Paltrow's songs which were just okay. These are some seriously talented people. Huge surprise that Leighton Meester is a terrific singer. You might know her from Gossip Girl.

You probably already know the synopsis -- alcoholic singer goes back on the road to try and reclaim her past star status pushed along by her manager/husband. She bonds with a young male singer/guitar player who she brings along on her mini-tour who, despite the best of intentions, can't quite pull her out of her addictive cycle. Leighton Meester plays a very sympathetic and likable character who is just trying to live her dream...she's brought along on the tour by the husband/manager.

Overall, it was a depressing movie....to see someone battling addiction and how it eventually wears down the people around them to the point where they look like they are nasty (poor McGraw) when in reality they are just tired of the cycle of self-destruction.

What was entertaining and enjoyable about the movie was the songs and the concert scenes. It was a nice movie to go see on a snowy night....doubtful that I would rent it once it became available or buy it on DVD...which is kind of the benchmark for me on what is a good movie.

You won't waste your money seeing it but you'll probably wish you'd seen it at a reduced price or at the matinée if you paid full price.


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