Country Strong

Synopsis: 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).
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Shana Feste
Production: Screen Gems
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
45
Rotten Tomatoes:
22%
PG-13
Year:
2010
117 min
$20,218,921
Website
194 Views

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(AUDIENCE APPLAUDING)

BEAU:
When I was a littIe boy,

my mom used to play

A Portrait of Merle Haggard

every night before bed.

Her favourite song

was Silver Wings,

so I figured I'd surprise her

and learn how to play it.

I played that song

day and night until my fingers bled.

(BEAU CHUCKLES)

Finally, when I sat her down

to play it,

she waited until I was finished

and then she said,

"Merle sings it better,

but keep trying."

(BEAU LAUGHS)

So I guess I am.

(BEAU SINGING SILVER WINGS)

Put it out, Beau.

Yes, ma'am.

Peterson went through

withdrawal all over

the dogwood deck.

It's got your name on it.

And Beau?

I don't want to see you

anywhere near Mrs Canter's room.

(BEAU PLAYING GUITAR)

(BOTH AD LIBBING COUNTRY LYRICS)

The what?

The what was wet?

Go with it.

What did you get wet?

The stage was wet.

Oh, the stage

was wet, right.

(STRUGGLING TO FIND LYRICS)

I'm looking.

That's when it what?

You keep messing me up here.

I'm sorry. (LAUGHING)

You know, here. You just. . .

You were what?

You sing it.

What were you going to say?

No, that was good.

Why are you

giving this to me?

Go on, please.

What?

I don't know.

Make it yours.

I like that song.

What do you say

when you start?

"l remember that day."

"l remember that day.

When. . ." When what?

"When we first met."

(AD LIBBING LYRICS WlTH EASE)

How do you do that so fast?

l didn't do anything.

You were there.

You had it already.

Give me that.

"Timing is everything."

Try that one.

I like that.

That one was good.

(SINGING

TIMING IS EVERYTHING)

(BOTH SINGING)

(KNOCKING ON DOOR)

JAMES:
Kell.

What's going on?

This is Beau.

Do you remember him?

He's one of my sponsors.

We were just

messing around.

Of course.

Hey, Beau.

How are you doing?

Hey, beautiful.

Hi.

Beau, would you mind

getting a couple bellhops

for Kelly's bags?

You got bellhops here,

don't you?

No, sir.

Well, then, do you mind?

Because the car's out front.

They're letting me out early.

Well, you still got

another month left.

They think I'm better.

Better than what?

l was going to tell you.

l was. . .

l was just thinking,

"How am I going to tell you?"

Beau !

Are you Kelly's doctor?

Because the last I checked,

Dr Stevens was

taking care of her.

No, he's just being protective.

Aren't you, Beau?

He's just being

a good sponsor.

Why don't you let me

be the protective one,

all right, hoss?

Now, if you wouldn't mind,

I'd like to get some help

with these bags

so we can get

Kelly out of here.

She doesn't travel light,

in case you hadn't noticed.

(SlGHS)

JAMES:
The first two

venues are small.

We'll ease you back into it.

And the third?

We're going to go back

to Dallas, televised.

What?

Yeah, we're going to

prove them all wrong.

Look, Kell, you're

the toughest girl I know,

so if you tell me

you're not ready,

well, then,

l'll take that

at face value.

l want Beau

to open for me.

Who's Beau?

He's that kid you just met.

He's a singer.

He's a good one.

Well, why don't we

get the gardener

to open for you?

I'm sure he's good.

It's important to me.

Besides, l've already got

an opener for you.

Chiles Stanton.

The beauty queen

l was telling you about.

She's playing tonight

at The Stage,

and I'm going to go

check her out.

I'm sure you are.

You can check out Beau

while you're there.

All right. Well,

how about this?

Look, l'll. . .

Hold on. l'll go

check out Chiles tonight

and if it doesn't work out,

and if she doesn't

blow me away,

then we'll look at

other options.

Don't placate me.

l wouldn't dare.

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Shana Feste

Shana Feste (born August 28, 1975) is an American film director and screenwriter. She has directed and written The Greatest, Country Strong, and Endless Love, and also has writing credits for You're Not You. more…

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