'Country Strong': Can Gwyneth Paltrow Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

A promotional image for the film "Country Strong" (Sony Pictures)

This week’s big movie opening is a back-stage country music drama called "Country Strong." It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as hugely popular country singer named Kelly Cantor. Kelly is battling alcoholism, competition from a younger singer, low self esteem, and a fractured relationship with her husband and manager played by Tim McGraw. The big question, of course, is: Does Paltrow give a convincing performance as a country music star? And for that matter, is it ever a good idea for actors to sing in their movies?

Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday says all of the actor's pull off their songs fine, it might be the writer/director of the film that needs a little help. Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer isn't so sure actors need to be testing out their singing ability for the big screen, unless they're really up to the challenge.

You can check out Rafer and Kristen's Movie Date Podcast anytime.


Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Jen Poyant


Rafer Guzman

Comments [3]


I loved this movie with country romance, country singing mix with laughter and pain. I've seen it about 4x's.

Aug. 29 2011 07:07 PM
scooby from America

NO! She cannot sing at a professional level. In the shower, I`m sure she`s great.

Aug. 22 2011 04:43 PM

This is a awesome movie

Jan. 27 2011 03:31 PM

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