Country Strong

Published September 4, 2011

Country Strong

Film info

  • Title Country Strong
  • Director Shana Feste
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Music, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer. Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:14 Mr C says, you’ll recognise Tim McGraw, he’s the one in the cowboy hat. They’re all wearing cowboy hats!
5:28 This is the five most countrified minutes I’ve ever spent.
6:45 People actually call other people hoss?
9:16 Released once again from rehab. That’s not a good sign.
12:00 “I have no intention of stealing your invisible career.”
14:52 Omg, she said y’all.
21:34 Saying So am I is not accepting an apology.
24:59 Why is he on the bus? I thought he said no.
29:59 She can’t be mad at him though, she’s cheating on him with the other guy.
33:04 I’d make that face if I turned around and saw that many people looking back at me.
39:00 “I am going to sing, okay?” Not a good start to a gig.
42:53 I want a tour bus.
44:24 Ooh, Austin!
47:02 What are they doing on that train and how are they going to get back again?
48:59 She just walked out of his hotel room in a towel. She’s not very subtle.
56:21 I don’t like any of these people.
1:02:21 Ooh, that’s like Coyote Ugly.
1:11:42 Everyone is sleeping with everyone else except Tim. Doesn’t seem fair.
1:19:30 That might be the cutest kid there has ever been.
1:24:59 “Just because they put them on the radio, doesn’t mean they’re worth a damn.” Weeelll…
1:33:15 She’s reading the gossip mags. Everyone says they don’t do that.
1:39:18 “If you’ve got it, flaunt it, make all the cowboys want it.” Ahh, country music.
1:46:22 She said she wanted to live on a star.
1:52:28 Tim McGraw only gets to sing over the end credits.


This wouldn’t really be my choice of film, I must say. I have nothing against country music, but I’m more of a Shania fan and pop-country is not so popular in the country world. I like to think I’ll give any movie genre a go, though, so Country Strong it is.

The story was okay, although a bit cliched in places. It was far too long, but I suppose that comes of having to fit in lots of singing in amongst the story, rather than letting the songs move the story along (like in musicals). I didn’t like any of the characters and certainly couldn’t relate to them, but their story was interesting enough. I probably could have done with subtitles, because not only were they quite deep accents, they also seemed to mumble an awful lot.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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