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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes: strong family relationships, high moral standards, community standing together during difficult times, not sacrificing ethics for an easy road to success. "Things don't always go according to plan, but the way we handle things when things go bad, that's what determines our worth." "Your music is only going to be as good as your life experience."
Positive Role Models
Three of four of the leading characters are exemplary people: loving, responsible, big-hearted, and insightful. The fourth learns an important lesson about values, standing up for oneself, and righteous behavior. Parental figures are solid. Villains are one-dimensional: self-centered, manipulative, and unrepentant. Some ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
A wartime battle sequence with gunfire, explosions, and chaos; U.S. soldiers are under attack from Middle Eastern enemies. A man delivers a strong punch to someone who has insulted him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. A couple passionately embrace and writhe (fully clothed). Some sexy dancing and revealing outfits. Conversations about "will she or won't she" and promiscuity. Male character brags about taking advantage of women who need his professional help.
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Mild swearing (i.e., "damn," "pissed off"), and some sexual references: (i.e., "producing and procuring go hand-in-hand," ""get into your pants").
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Products & Purchases
Eagle tires, Text-A-Taxi
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink in bars and social situations (mostly beer). Young people refer to parties with "plenty of booze."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Country Crush is a musical drama with country roots and romance at its heart set in modern-day America (filmed in Canada, with some popular Canadian country artists). The simple formula -- boy meets girl; boy loses girl; boy gets girl back (or will he?) -- is accompanied by more than a dozen songs (solos, duets, production numbers), most of which are message-driven and appear to have been written specifically for the film's emotional moments. A military battle sequence takes place in which guns are fired and American soldiers are trapped by the enemy; bodies fall. In one other action scene, a hero delivers a solid punch to a loathsome opponent. There's mild profanity ("damn," "pissed off") and sexual references and kissing. It's an earnest film, filled with directives about the importance of strong relationships, holding onto values, living a righteous life, and not wasting life's "precious moments." The story, with some mature themes, includes sad moments (spoiler alert: the death of a major character). Okay for older kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Music, heartfelt acting, and sincere, if obvious, messages help balance the predictability and by-the-numbers plot, but they can't save the movie from an overall blandness and familiarity. There's a big difference between old-fashioned and outdated, and unfortunately, Country Crush seems to land in the second category. Other than a few central characters, all the other players are one-dimensional, even corny. Gender roles are more traditional than modern. And, it doesn't help that the original songs written to help sell the story are so on the nose, even when they're nicely delivered and show some directing flair. Still, this movie may find a receptive audience among fans of country music, homespun values, and uncomplicated storytelling.
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