History Film / CountryStrong

22nd Sep '16 1:23:54 PM fearlessnikki
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* CelebrityIsOverrated: Fame ruins Kelly's life [[spoiler: and ultimately causes her death, while Chiles and Beau turn their back on fame in favour of love]].



* FamilyVersusCareer: this comes up, but also in "love versus career"

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* FamilyVersusCareer: this This comes up, but also in "love versus career"



** Kelly was based at least in part on Music/BritneySpears, who underwent a similar public meltdown. Lampshaded when Beau asks Kelly if she wants to go joyriding or shaving her head impulsively.

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** Kelly was based at least in part on Music/BritneySpears, who underwent a similar public meltdown. Lampshaded when Beau asks Kelly if she wants to go joyriding or shaving her head impulsively. She also has elements from Michael Jackson too.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kelly's pet bird suddenly vanishes in the third act of the movie, without even a namecheck as to what become of it [[spoiler: after her overdose]].
14th Sep '16 7:02:30 PM gewunomox
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** Kelly was based at least in part on BritneySpears, who underwent a similar public meltdown. Lampshaded when Beau asks Kelly if she wants to go joyriding or shaving her head impulsively.

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** Kelly was based at least in part on BritneySpears, Music/BritneySpears, who underwent a similar public meltdown. Lampshaded when Beau asks Kelly if she wants to go joyriding or shaving her head impulsively.
20th Aug '16 3:40:04 AM fearlessnikki
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A 2011 film starring Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Leighton Meester, Creator/GarrettHedlund and CountryMusic singer Music/TimMcGraw. Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a CountryMusic singer with a flagging career and personal troubles who is just coming out of rehab. To restart her career, she goes on tour with her husband/manager James (played by [=McGraw=]) and two rising young country singers: Beau Hutton (Hedlund) and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester). Along the way, the four get involved in [[LoveTriangle romantic entanglements]].

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A 2011 film starring Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Leighton Meester, Creator/LeightonMeester, Creator/GarrettHedlund and CountryMusic singer Music/TimMcGraw. Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a CountryMusic singer with a flagging career and personal troubles who is just coming out of rehab. To restart her career, she goes on tour with her husband/manager James (played by [=McGraw=]) and two rising young country singers: Beau Hutton (Hedlund) and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester). Along the way, the four get involved in [[LoveTriangle romantic entanglements]].



* BeautyContest: Chiles is a former beauty queen, and she demonstrates her "seven different smiles" for Beau.



* DanceOfRomance: While Kelly is performing for a Make A Wish obligation, James momentarily sweeps her up into one. [[spoiler: Too bad it's just a HopeSpot]].



* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler: Beau reads a letter from Kelly written just before her overdose]].



* Fanservice: Garrett Hedlund & Music/TimMcGraw? They can definitely pull off all the scruff and flannel. Chiles is also a former beauty queen and spends a lot of the movie wearing very flattering dresses, even getting a LingerieScene.

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* Fanservice: {{Fanservice}}: Garrett Hedlund & Music/TimMcGraw? They can definitely pull off all the scruff and flannel. Chiles is also a former beauty queen and spends a lot of the movie wearing very flattering dresses, even getting a LingerieScene.



* FriendlyEnemy: One-sided but Kelly considers Chiles her younger rival, meanwhile Chiles admires her. It becomes pretty funny.

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* FriendlyEnemy: FriendlyEnemy:
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One-sided but Kelly considers Chiles her younger rival, meanwhile Chiles admires her. It becomes pretty funny.



** and then, when Chiles asks for her autograph, Kelly signs it, "Stanton, stay away from my husband" while talking to her cheerfully. (Chiles doesn't even notice until, presumably, off screen she sees)

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** and And then, when Chiles asks for her autograph, Kelly signs it, "Stanton, stay away from my husband" while talking to her cheerfully. (Chiles doesn't even notice until, presumably, off screen she sees)



* LittlestCancerPatient: Kelly has a Make A Wish obligation to visit a young boy with cancer in his school. This particular sequence shows Kelly's softer side.



* ManlyTears: When James gets news [[spoiler: of Kelly's death]], he's seen collapsing against the wall in tears.



** According to WordOfGod, Kelly was based at least in part on BritneySpears, who underwent a similar public meltdown.

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** According to WordOfGod, Kelly was based at least in part on BritneySpears, who underwent a similar public meltdown.meltdown. Lampshaded when Beau asks Kelly if she wants to go joyriding or shaving her head impulsively.
19th Aug '16 4:07:08 PM fearlessnikki
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* AntiHero: Kelly is a selfish drug addict who cheats on her husband out of insecurity and wants to become a parent and make everything better again even when it's gotten to the point where she seems incapable of holding it together for even one show... but then she does something terribly sweet like write a song for Travis and befriend Chiles
** All the characters are anti-heroes in a way, even Beau and Chiles

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* AbortedArc: The first concert sets up what looks like Kelly getting jealous of James and Chiles getting too close. After the concert, this is dropped in favour of Kelly's worries that Chiles might be replacing her.
* AntiHero: Kelly is a selfish drug addict who cheats on her husband out of insecurity and wants to become a parent and make everything better again even when it's gotten to the point where she seems incapable of holding it together for even one show... but then she does something terribly sweet like write a song for Travis and befriend Chiles
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Chiles. All the characters are anti-heroes in a way, even Beau and Chiles



* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Kelly wants to have a child [[spoiler: again]] but her husband, James doesn't believe they are ready yet
** Even to the point that [[spoiler: he hasn't really forgiven her for their baby's death and hasn't been intimate with her at all. That and all the changes her addiction has made on her]]

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* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Kelly wants to have a child [[spoiler: again]] but her husband, James doesn't believe they are ready yet
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yet. Even to the point that [[spoiler: he hasn't really forgiven her for their baby's death and hasn't been intimate with her at all. That and all the changes her addiction has made on her]]



* BlackAndGrayMorality: A lot of it in the movie. Kelly [[spoiler: cheats on James and is paranoid that Chiles will replace her and is cheating with James (neither of which is true) and is good with children and wants a child (but is in absolutely no place where she could do that)]] and then there's James [[spoiler: (who is faithful to his wife, but his horrible decision to pull her out of rehab early, propels a lot of the problems in the film.]]

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality:
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A lot of it in the movie. Kelly [[spoiler: cheats on James and is paranoid that Chiles will replace her and is cheating with James (neither of which is true) and is good with children and wants a child (but is in absolutely no place where she could do that)]] and then there's James [[spoiler: (who is faithful to his wife, but his horrible decision to pull her out of rehab early, propels a lot of the problems in the film.]]



* BrainlessBeauty: Everyone starts off thinking Chiles is only this
* BrainyBrunette: Chiles wants to be ''this'' instead of just the BrainlessBeauty (and gets made fun of for it too)

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* BrainlessBeauty: Everyone starts off thinking Chiles is only this
this.
* BrainyBrunette: Chiles wants to be ''this'' instead of just the BrainlessBeauty (and gets made fun of for it too)too).



* ButtMonkey: unfortunately Leighton Meester's character, Chiles Stanton, acts as a butt monkey for a long time in the film. She's representative of 'pop' and appearance. She pretty much gets picked on by everyone (even her idol, Kelly) until she proves to them that she's more than just a BrainlessBeauty -- or trying to be.

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* ButtMonkey: unfortunately Leighton Meester's character, Chiles Stanton, Stanton acts as a butt monkey for a long time in the film. She's representative of 'pop' and appearance. She pretty much gets picked on by everyone (even her idol, Kelly) until she proves to them that she's more than just a BrainlessBeauty -- or trying to be.be.
* CallBack: During Chiles's first performance, she chokes on stage and Beau gets up on there to sing a duet. [[spoiler: At the end, Chiles walks into the bar Beau is performing in and joins him on stage]].



* CharacterDevelopment: For Beau and Chiles but [[spoiler: it's almost too late for Kelly and James]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]
* DrugsAreBad: Some people think the movie glamorizes drugs and drinking -- ''but'' considering the whole film is about how Kelly's problems are hurting everyone... that seems completely averted.
* DumbBlonde: Or brunette, everyone thinks Chiles is
* DysfunctionJunction: James & Kelly. They both [[spoiler: seem to have been genuinely in love, but the addiction and events in Dallas have put a huge distance between them. And they both can't handle it]]
* MrFanservice: Garrett Hedlund & Music/TimMcGraw? They can definitely pull off all the scruff and flannel.

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* CharacterDevelopment: For Beau and Chiles but [[spoiler: it's almost too late for Kelly and James]]
James]].
* DarkReprise: Beau sings a song to Kelly while she's in rehab in a playful scene. [[spoiler: The song is later played as BGM over Kelly's funeral]].
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]
DrivenToSuicide: Kelly overdoses on pills after her show in Dallas.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Some people think the movie glamorizes drugs and drinking -- ''but'' considering the whole film is about how Most of Kelly's problems are hurting everyone... that seems completely averted.
* DumbBlonde: Or brunette, everyone thinks Chiles is
down to the drinking and drugs.
* DysfunctionJunction: James & Kelly. They both [[spoiler: seem to have been genuinely in love, but the addiction and events in Dallas have put a huge distance between them. And they both can't handle it]]
it]].
* MrFanservice: EveryoneLovesBlondes: Kelly gives off this image to the public. But the reality is something a little less glamorous.
* Fanservice:
Garrett Hedlund & Music/TimMcGraw? They can definitely pull off all the scruff and flannel. Chiles is also a former beauty queen and spends a lot of the movie wearing very flattering dresses, even getting a LingerieScene.



* GoodBadGirl: Kelly Canter
* LoveTriangle: [=McGraw=]'s character becomes involved with one between Kelly and Chiles.
** Although technically, his character is faithful. It's [[spoiler: ''Kelly'' who cheats on her husband with Beau and then sort of screws Beau over as well]]

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* GoodBadGirl: Kelly Canter
Canter who has a load of substance abuse problems, but is good-hearted underneath it all.
* TheHeart: Beau fills this role, Kelly describing him as gentle and loving. Uniquely he's also of the CruelToBeKind variety.
* LoveTriangle: [=McGraw=]'s character becomes involved with one between Kelly and is married to James but having an affair with Beau. Then Beau gets flirty with Chiles.
** Although technically, his character * MadonnaWhoreComplex: Chiles is faithful. It's [[spoiler: ''Kelly'' who cheats on her husband with Beau and then sort of screws Beau over as well]]the Madonna - a wholesome {{Ingenue}} GirlNextDoor type. Kelly is the Whore - a passionate HardDrinkingPartyGirl.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Beauty queen-turned-country singer Chiles Stanton is ''totally'' not an {{expy}} of TaylorSwift. Why do you ask?

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Beauty queen-turned-country singer Chiles Stanton is ''totally'' not an {{expy}} of TaylorSwift. Why do you ask?



* RefusalOfTheCall: Beau almost does this when James asks him to come on tour but then agrees when James mentions Kelly. Eventually he [[spoiler: does 'refuse the call' and settles for a happy life in California playing for small crowds and improving his act]]
* ShownTheirWork: To an extent. Hedlund and Paltrow both took voice and singing lessons to help make their turns as country music singers more credible.

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* RedOniBlueOni: Kelly and Beau are the reds - outgoing and passionate. James and Chiles are the blues - empathetic and reserved. The movie also plays with the set-up by having one character portray the positive qualities - Beau with his passionate love for everything, Chiles with her genuine compassion. And the reverse of the negative qualities - Kelly's impulsiveness and James's distance.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Beau almost does this when James asks him to come on tour but then agrees when James mentions Kelly. Eventually he [[spoiler: does 'refuse the call' and settles for a happy life in California playing for small crowds and improving his act]]
* ShownTheirWork: To an extent. Hedlund and Paltrow both took voice and singing lessons to help make their turns as country music singers more credible.
act]].



* TheHeart: Beau.

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* TheHeart: Beau.TitleDrop: "Country Strong" is one of Kelly's songs.
* TrueBlueFemininity: As the film goes on, Chiles is shown wearing lots of blue dresses.
26th Aug '14 6:05:49 PM TVRulezAgain
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A 2011 film starring Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Leighton Meester, GarrettHedlund and CountryMusic singer TimMcGraw. Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a CountryMusic singer with a flagging career and personal troubles who is just coming out of rehab. To restart her career, she goes on tour with her husband/manager James (played by [=McGraw=]) and two rising young country singers: Beau Hutton (Hedlund) and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester). Along the way, the four get involved in [[LoveTriangle romantic entanglements]].

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A 2011 film starring Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Leighton Meester, GarrettHedlund Creator/GarrettHedlund and CountryMusic singer TimMcGraw.Music/TimMcGraw. Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a CountryMusic singer with a flagging career and personal troubles who is just coming out of rehab. To restart her career, she goes on tour with her husband/manager James (played by [=McGraw=]) and two rising young country singers: Beau Hutton (Hedlund) and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester). Along the way, the four get involved in [[LoveTriangle romantic entanglements]].



* MrFanservice: Garrett Hedlund & TimMcGraw? They can definitely pull off all the scruff and flannel.

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* MrFanservice: Garrett Hedlund & TimMcGraw? Music/TimMcGraw? They can definitely pull off all the scruff and flannel.
16th Mar '14 11:54:41 AM Twentington
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* ActorAllusion: Chiles's parents seemed to be based on Leighton Meester's parents.
15th Sep '13 2:12:33 PM DragonQuestZ
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* PrettyInMink: Kelly has a fur-trimmed coat.
17th Jun '13 8:36:00 PM Prfnoff
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A 2011 film starring GwynethPaltrow, Leighton Meester, GarrettHedlund and CountryMusic singer TimMcGraw. Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a CountryMusic singer with a flagging career and personal troubles who is just coming out of rehab. To restart her career, she goes on tour with her husband/manager James (played by [=McGraw=]) and two rising young country singers: Beau Hutton (Hedlund) and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester). Along the way, the four get involved in [[LoveTriangle romantic entanglements]].

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A 2011 film starring GwynethPaltrow, Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Leighton Meester, GarrettHedlund and CountryMusic singer TimMcGraw. Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a CountryMusic singer with a flagging career and personal troubles who is just coming out of rehab. To restart her career, she goes on tour with her husband/manager James (played by [=McGraw=]) and two rising young country singers: Beau Hutton (Hedlund) and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester). Along the way, the four get involved in [[LoveTriangle romantic entanglements]].
14th Sep '12 3:15:18 PM Twentington
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* DuelingMovies: With ''CrazyHeart''.
4th Aug '12 7:23:06 PM Riana
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* ActorAllusion: Chiles's parents seemed to be based on Leighton Meester's parents.
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