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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.

Director:

Shana Feste

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Kelly Canter
Tim McGraw ... James Canter
Garrett Hedlund ... Beau Hutton
Leighton Meester ... Chiles Stanton
Marshall Chapman ... Winnie
Lari White ... Hair Stylist
Jeremy Childs ... JJ
James DeForest Parker ... Joe (as JD Parker)
Lisa Stewart ... Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Jackie Welch ... Teacher
Cinda McCain ... Misty
Gabe Sipos Gabe Sipos ... Travis
Sandra Harris Sandra Harris ... Orderly
Megan Henderson Megan Henderson ... Megan Henderson
Dan Beene Dan Beene ... Bob
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,000, 26 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,218,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,529,194
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shipped to theaters under the code name "Keeping Pace". See more »

Goofs

While Kelly is lying on Chiles in the taxi cab, Kelly's jacket alternates between being closed and open several times. See more »

Quotes

James Canter: The first time I heard you sing... I thought that it must be what angels sound like. Thought I died and gone to heaven.
Kelly Canter: I love that story.
James Canter: 'Cause it's true.
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Connections

Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Words I Couldn't Say
Written by Gregory Becker, Tammi Kidd and Steve Robson
Produced by Nathan Chapman
Performed by Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester appears courtesy of Time Act Music/Universal Republic Records
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Not terrible but not good.
9 January 2011 | by genesaugeySee 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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