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Country Strong (2010)

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

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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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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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Much of Beau Hutton's appearance is modeled after Texan singer-songwriter, Hayes Carll, who wrote several of the songs performed by the character in the movie. See more »

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When Chiles is singing, during the bar scene after she freezes, the microphone stand behind her keeps moving. See more »

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Beau Hutton: What are you looking at?
[takes papers from Chiles' hands]
Beau Hutton: When did General MacArthur return to the Phillipines?
Chiles Stanton: 1946.
Beau Hutton: What does "amorous" means?
Chiles Stanton: Having a propensity for falling in love.
Beau Hutton: [laughing] What the hell are these things?
Chiles Stanton: Well... as a woman in this industry, people have a habit of thinking I'm some kind of ignoramous. And my pageant training doesn't exactly help things, so I have to overcompensate. I don't want people to think I'm some dumb beauty queen.
Beau Hutton: I never called you a dumb beauty ...
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Country Strong
24 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Country Strong is a great movie with an excellent cast. Although it is definitely a tear-jerker, it never once lost my attention. Gwenyth Paltrow plays the role of a fallen country music star, Kelly Canter, who is pushed by her controlling husband, James Canter (Tim McGraw), to continue with her career after a short stay in rehab for alcoholism. Despite the fact that Kelly knows she is not yet ready to get back out on stage, she agrees to do so under one condition: she can bring along musically-talented friend and lover, Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), as her opening act.

While Kelly struggles with her relapse into alcohol addiction, Beau finds love with young, rising star, Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), and James is left disappointed and hurt. All cast members do a great job of really embodying their roles, and Paltrow does an exceptional job of showing the struggles and depression of alcohol addiction.

Although this movie is not really like any other, I would probably compare it to the movie Blow. In both movies, the main characters try to leave their addictions in the past, but are so reliant upon them that they continually relapse, which ultimately leads to their downfall.


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