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A country music superstar meets a talented young man with a guitar at the rehab facility where she is recuperating. She takes a romantic shine to him and makes sure he gets a spot on the bill when she goes on tour.
Drama Musical - This is a fairly dark and downbeat ensemble drama set in the world
country music. This is a big showcase, both singing and acting, for
Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester though fans of
Tim McGraw's music may be disappointed that he's the only cast
who doesn't sing at all. Older adults are the target audience,
primarily women. Language, substance abuse, and adult subject
make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 16 S-words, 6 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: A punch and a slap. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Pills and frequent alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Ultimately, Country Strong has it where it counts, which means it can generate an effective emotional response without making the viewer feel like he or she is being pulled through a manipulative meat grinder.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average It was shot in a straightforward meat-and-potatoes style, beautifully filmed by John Bailey.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 117 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, enjoyed "Country Strong" very much. A large percentage loved it, rating it Excellent or Fantastic. A very small number gave low reviews but that happens on most every movie.
Shaken by addiction and scandal, country music superstar Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) takes a romantic shine to Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), a talented young man with a guitar who works at the rehab facility where she's recuperating. Their relationship, however, takes a difficult turn when the handsome singer-songwriter, satisfied with performing at small clubs and honky-tonks, suddenly finds himself thrust into Kelly's topsy turvy world as she gears up for a return to her adoring fans. While Kelly thrives on rest (and Beau), her career-dedicated but romantically aloof husband/manager James (Tim McGraw) books a three-city comeback tour conceived as the key to his wife's personal and professional recovery. Tensions flare when the plan calls for the tour to introduce James' new protégée, an ambitious beauty-queen-turned-singer named Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). Now deeply dependent on Beau, Kelly makes sure that her favorite newcomer gets a spot on the bill as well. As the quartet embarks on its fateful tour, romantic entanglements, dormant demons and the demands of showbiz threaten to derail all the players in this tale of modern Nashville.