Calling all country music fans!
 
Saturday night was cold and chilly, so in efforts to stay indoors where it was warm I went out with my friends for a girls’ movie night. After buying eighty pounds of candy at CVS, we headed over to the theater to watch Country Strong.
 
 In case you haven’t heard of the movie or seen any trailers, here’s a little info blurb from IMDB: “A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).”
 
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Garrett Hedlund, and Tim McGraw, this film actually really surprised me for its dark, realistic plot and incredible music. It’s a great cast with a great soundtrack, so even if you aren’t a big country fan, I’d definitely still recommend this movie.
 
Leighton Meester surprised me the most on this film, because while I’ve heard a couple of her songs on the radio or online, I wasn’t overly impressed. Given free reign to belt it out without the hindrance of electronic manipulation, however, she was amazing! and every part the gorgeous and talented country star (love the huge curls!).
 
 
 
Here’s a video of her song “Words I Couldn’t Say”:
 
 

 
Gwyneth  Paltrow played probably the deepest role of the movie, as recovering alcoholic and country superstar Kelly Canter.
 
 
As this song below clearly indicates, she is definitely not just a pretty face or a talented actor. I’d buy her album!
 

 
You  might already know Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn from Tron:  Legacy or as Patroclus in Troy. You might not have known, however, that he is also a mcyummy cowboy who can sing like nobody’s business.
 
 
 Here’s one of the songs he sang on the movie, “Chances Are.”
 

 
And then, just because they are so cute, I couldn’t resist posting a clip of the duet between Meester and Hedlund.
 
 
Here is their song “Give Into Me.” 
 

 
As you can tell, I loved this movie, and it’s already been nominated for a Golden Globe. So are you ready to be wowed? Will you go see it?