Beautifully shot and well-acted backstage melodrama about talented but volatile superstar country singer Kelly Canter (Paltrow) who, following a too-brief stay in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, is pushed to tour by her husband and manager James (McGraw). The two are joined on the road by Chiles (Meester), a pageant queen turned singer and the handsome Beau (Hedlund), recruited from the rehab center. The romantic tensions, conflicts and relapses are as predictable as they are cliche, but Paltrow manages to steal the show with her surprisingly good singing.
Country Strong is, in a nutshell, the story about the high price of fame that singer Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) must pay for her country music superstardom. The film chronicles Kelly's life on tour after a brief stint in rehab (clichéd, yet somehow appropriate for the times) for alcohol abuse. ...Read More