Crazy Heart

You may not be ready for another film about washed-up has-been boxer/singer/wrestler/chartered accountant who rediscovers his mojo, but here it is. The has-been in question is Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges), an alcoholic but functional country music singer who’s reduced to gigging in bars and bowling alleys. Then he meets The Girl (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who inspires him – using the clever technique of taking her clothes off – to get his act together. The rest of the plot is pretty much what you’d expect, as is the music – sadly, I can’t tell a good country music song from a bad one. Sorry. Jeff Bridges, however, is great. 6/10

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