Country Strong

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. –Matt Semansky



  • Shana Feste


  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Leighton Meester
  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Tim McGraw
  • Kayla Perkins
  • Sean Symons
  • Jim O'Rear
  • Jeremy Childs
  • Ed Bruce
  • Vernon Mitchell


  • Shana Feste

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