Country Strong : Movie Review

Kelly Canter is the Courtney Love of country stars. Spectacular meltdowns onstage have forced Kelly (an inconsistently twanging Gwyneth Paltrow) into rehab. There, her decolletage decked out in black lace and a bling cross, she jams in more than one sense with singer-songwriter-janitor Beau (Tron fox, Garrett Hedlund), until her husband, James (actual country star Tim McGraw, who inexplicably doesn’t sing until the closing credits), drags her on a three-date comeback tour. A sexless Svengali (his reaction to Kelly’s revelation that she’s just had “one of them Brazilian bikini waxes” is the film’s best punchline), James has already found an opening act in Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), the Katy Perry of would-be country stars, whose fierce determination is equal parts honey and acid.

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Author : Karina Longworth