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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Gwyneth Paltrow
Tim McGraw
Garrett Hedlund
Leighton Meester.
Directors
Screenwriters
Shana Feste.
Running Time
117 minutes

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Country Strong
Gwyneth Paltrow's crazy heart


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Plot
Kelly Canter (Paltrow) plays a fading country star who embarks on a comeback tour that's complicated by her feelings for Garrett Hedlund's up-and-comer, a tricky home life and addiction problems.


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If you’re the type of person who likes both kinds of music, Country and Western, you’ll eat up this spirited slice of Crazy Heart Lite like a bowl of momma’s grits. And if the appeal of C&W — even the less maudlin, rocked-up end of it — does elude you, you might still find Country Strong mildly diverting. Garrett Hedlund works his butt off as a striving singer-songwriter who falls in with a faded star (Gwyneth Paltrow, also game) on his rise to the top. And Nashville royalty Tim McGraw bestows big-time credibility as Paltrow’s manager-husband. To call it clichéd would be to call Dolly Parton ‘chesty’, but it follows the playbook faithfully and with plenty of heart (crazy or not). Good tunes, too.


Verdict
C&W lovers will lap it up - look out for some stellar Nashville cameos - and there's big-lunged uplift to see you through the cornball plot turns.


Reviewed by Simon Braund


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