Country Strong | Chicago Reader

Country Strong

Gwyneth Paltrow plays a Nashville singing star whose career and marriage are both on the skids. Paltrow's warm, supple voice is well-suited to plaintive ballads, and the other two actors trying out their pipes—Garrett Hedlund as her young lover and Leighton Meester as her fresh-faced rival—also acquit themselves admirably. But Shana Feste's screenplay seldom rises above the level of daytime TV; the only actor who triumphs over her trite dialogue is Tim McGraw in a nonsinging role as Paltrow's husband and manager. Feste directed.



  • Shana Feste


  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Tim McGraw
  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Leighton Meester
  • Marshall Chapman
  • Lari White
  • Jeremy Childs
  • JD Parker
  • Lisa Seals
  • Jackie Welch
  • Cinda McCain
  • Gabe Sipos


  • Jenno Topping
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Meredith Zamsky

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