Review: Country Strong

GUITAR GODDESS Gwyneth Paltrow sings a song for the kids in Country Strong | Country Strong

Any doubts as to whether Gwyneth Paltrow can play a contemporary country-music star — a honky-tonk pop princess in the down-home upscale mode of Shania Twain — get dispelled in the opening scene of Country Strong. Kelly Canter (Paltrow), a country superstar, lounges on her stomach in a rehab center, her legs swung provocatively behind her, as she flirts with a handsome orderly (and aspiring singer) named Beau (Garrett Hedlund). Paltrow's casual drawl sounds right; her face, lovely but unmade-up, looks just worn enough to spell out ''Sexy Survivor of Hard Times''; and when she tries out a fragment of a number Beau has written, it's in a crystal-clear high voice — a songbird twang.

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