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You booze, you lose with Country Strong 

The familiar star-on-drugs storyline stinks almost as much as Paltrow's singing.

Like a pop-country ballad that’s more Twain than twang, Shana Feste’s Country Strong is a glossy, superficial, manipulative melodrama powered by counterfeit emotions. Gwyneth Paltrow stars as alcoholic singer Kelly Canter, who’s sprung early from rehab by her husband-manager (Tim McGraw) for a comeback tour. This displeases the noble country crooner (Garrett Hedlund) with whom she’s been having an affair, so he turns his lovin’ eyes to a young, pretty wannabe (Leighton Meester) when they all hit the road together. There’s no romantic chemistry to speak of, Kelly’s booze battle is one big bottle-smashing cliche and Feste doesn’t have anything new or insightful to say about showbiz. And the songs suck. But hey, if you ever wanted to see a Gwyneth Paltrow concert, this is your movie.

Country Strong
Rated PG · 112 min. · 2010
Director: Shana Feste
Writer: Shana Feste
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw, Kayla Perkins, Sean Symons, Jim O'Rear, Jeremy Childs, Ed Bruce and Vernon Mitchell

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