Nothing Weak About McGraw and Paltrow’s “Country Strong”

Whenever a Hollywood type gets involved in the country music scene, I’m a little skeptical. And when the opposite happens, even more so. So I didn’t have high hopes for this upcoming Gwyneth Paltrow/Tim McGraw film, Country Strong, until I saw the trailer yesterday. McGraw is so convincing as a manager/husband. Paltrow is also perfect as the not-quite-rehabbed star and, man, can she sing. Way better than I ever imagined. And if it weren’t for the ever-present bottle of vodka in her hand, Paltrow would remind you a lot of Faith Hill. But the best part seems like it’s going to be how her attitude is so Nashville. Like when she finishes her rousing set for a sold-out crowd, she tells the little rookie singer played by Leighton Meester, “That’s how it’s done, sweetheart.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.