Sort of like The Wrestler but with a washed up country singer, less melodrama, less entertainment value, and way too much Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Jeff Bridges was great though. He completely carries the movie. His songs are great, his performance is amazing, and he should be a shoo in for a Best Actor Oscar. Even Colin Farrell was pretty good in this other than his horrible lip syncing. The script was pretty good. The story arc was satisfying and believable.
I guess it all comes down to Maggie G ruining it though. Cast another actress and this movie would have worked. As Chris Larry pointed out - if someone like Mary Louise Parker had been in the role, this movie would have been much better. It was hard to buy the relationship between Bridges and Gyllenhaal. It just wasn't believable and really dragged the movie down quite a bit.
I guess I should see Tender Mercies at some point huh?
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