Country Strong a Load of GOOP

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. When Chiles chokes onstage and Beau saves her, James invites his wife’s boyfriend to “get out of these honky tonks and step into the big leagues” by joining the tour. Soon, the aging diva’s bad behavior becomes a bit too much for both hubby and young lover, creating an opening onstage and in bed for the ingenue. Country Strong is sillier—and more tone-deaf—than Paltrow’s advice website GOOP. The intersection of Chiles and Beau’s rise with Kelly’s epic downward spiral (embodied in the image of her crying on a massive JumboTron as floor-to-ceiling American flags are unfurled on either side) is pure A Star Is Born stuff. Except there’s no knowingness here, making Country Strong a rare specimen in our post-ironic age: legitimately unintentional camp.

 
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Turk
Turk

jesus christ stevart; the girl DOES stink, and her career IS in fact a sham(e), but YOU sir... well you're just a heartless mercenary!

Stevart
Stevart

Gwen is unable to make the intended pathos of her role believable. And why is that? 'CAUSE THE ^%$# BITCH CAN'T ACT! She IS just a spoiled Hollywood doyen. AND as she ages, because of her lack of affect, as a person, I mean, the stingy crank is starting to look like a shriveled-up Yenta. Jewish women WERE Americas best actress e.g. Shelly Winters, Babs, Liz Taylor, Bacall etc. Now Gwen and the likes of Scarlett Jo, who wiggles about on screen like she has to make pee pee, are the WORST! It's embarrassing watching them. Help me... AHHHHHHH!

Jacky7777
Jacky7777

I loved this movie, and have to see again!! All the actors brought their role home. Tim just put himself up there with great actors. I completely forgot he is country superstar singer- to convince me of that- that's acting!! All movies are recycle- sci fi- it's all flying thru air fighting creatures or people of another planet, swinging in air or trees; horror movies- chain saw, axes blood & guts; romance boy meets girl and journey they get together at end; 3d movies nothing new, they were movies back in 50's & 60's. It's all about how actors make their roles awesome- they did just that in Country Strong- BRAVO!!!!!!!!

Nowayforfourteenbucks
Nowayforfourteenbucks

yes, it's time. Rend the veil of Entertainment industry order. It seems, this holiday season, that the smug overprivledged, undertalented industry children are TRYING to make us vomit, TRYING to make us accept this egomaniacal shit as entertainment.FOCK this.

Axel Harting
Axel Harting

"legitimately unintentional camp"Isn't that what all country music is nowadays?

Sak
Sak

gwen is still another hollywood brat....sophia coppola, kate hudson, ben stiller...who would be in the shoe business, instead of show biz, if if weren't for their influential mommies and daddies.

Stevart
Stevart

Somebody once called me a mugger with a library card. I really should just stop listening to talk radio so much. Thx...

 

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