If the story was about a pop or rock star, would critics be as harsh?
For example, celeb blogger PerezHilton writes that Gwyneth Bombs at the Box Office with Country Strong.
“Her movie, Country Strong, was released nationwide and opened up in sixth place with $7.3 million.The film only cost $12.5 million to make and was targeted mostly to the heartland states.”
Did the fact that the movie featured COUNTRY music turn away some fans or was the film really bad?
Gwyneth Paltrow’s new film Country Strong is about a fallen country superstar and her road to redemption.
Country Strong follows the comeback of a country music queen, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, who gets involved with a rising young singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) as they embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (Tim McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Leighton Meester).
Country Strong costars real life country star Tim McGraw, along with Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. The film was produced by Tobey Maguire and his partner Jenno Topping.
Take all the preconceptions you have about how bad Gwyneth Paltrow’s Country Strong is and multiply them by 6. Now divide them by 4, multiply them by π, add 100, subtract 2 and divide by 4. Now, write that number down on a piece of glossy resume paper. Take that piece of paper, lift it up to your lips, and slice it deeply into the corners of your mouth. Now, take a bottle of Tabasco sauce and break it open by smashing it into your jaw. Afterwards, gnaw your arm off at the elbow with the jagged remains of your teeth.
How bad did that hurt?
That’s how bad Country Strong is.
Ouch. Did you see the movie? What did you think?
Photo: Scott Garfield