Country Strong (1 1/2 stars out of 5)
Written and Directed by Shana Feste
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meister
To my surprise to most talented actor in the cast is Tim McGraw; he really sold the story the best and hit every emotion. McGraw has grown as an actor. Paltrow pulled off the performances and the drugged up crazy country singer well enough, but not enough to carry the film. While Hedlund and Meister are attractive and potentially good singers their acting is the weakest of the foursome, especially Meister. Meister's country accent just didn't cut it.
Overall this movie was lacking spirit and spark for me to make any connection with the story and the characters. There were brief glimpses of hope like when Gwyneth Paltrow meets a young boy from the Make a Wish Foundation, but you would have to be made of stone not to feel emotions here. The music is solid country music, and that helps, but again not enough. Like with Burlesque a film needs more than just its music behind it.
My recommendation: Avoid it