Shana Feste’s second directoral attempt, Country Strong, opens up pleasantly. The movie tells many stories, but is the primary focus on two couples. The veteran country star Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her husband and
pain in the butt manager James (Tim McGraw); and down-to-earth country boy Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund) and aspiring country singer Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). Country music fans, stay tuned, there is plenty to like about this film. Film fans be warned, there are plenty of tropes of this film, and many are clearly exports from real life.