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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Garrett Hedlund auditioned at a karaoke bar in Koreantown singing a Pearl Jam song. According to director Shana Feste, "It really wasn't the best showcase ever of his voice, but Garrett went to school for us. Literally, he took four months off and started learning how to play the guitar, took voice lessons, went to Nashville early, started working with Nathan Chapman, a record producer in Nashville who produces Miranda Lambert. I mean, he became a country singer." See more »

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In Dallas, when Chiles is singing the song "A Little Bit Stronger", her hand is on her stomach in one shot and her chest in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Beau Hutton: I enjoy playing music, I don't care who it's for.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Liar's Lie
Written by Sally Barris, Morgane Hayes and Liz Rose
Produced by Frank Liddell and Chuck Ainlay
Performed by Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack appears courtesy of MCA Nashville
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4 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the opening.It showed a humble, scruffy young country singer playing a non-descript low-brow gig, then driving his old pick up truck, while changing into his uniform for his shift at a psychiatric hospital.

Oh jeez...Gwyneth Paltrow as a famous country singer? Give me a break. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow as anything other than the untalented daughter of a Hollywood writer? Give me a break. I didn't buy it for a second.

Nothing against Tim McGraw, but one has to have more than a Southern accent to be an effective actor. What are his qualifications? He's awkward.

The best thing about this movie is Garrett Hedlund. He has charisma like a big movie star might. The music sucked and the plot was non-existent. But this actor kept me watching for about half the film, before I gave up.

Alcoholism is such a boring and clichéd plot device. The screw-up country star and the hungry up-and-coming, aspiring country singer theme is equally clichéd.

Show me something different. How about a country singer who wants to sing opera or funk? Or a country singer who wants to be a reporter, but can't break free from who they are? I don't see how anyone could actually believe that this sanctimonious, paint-by-numbers trash would entertain anyone. Yet plenty of reviewers here liked it. Go figure.


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