Available on DVD and Bluray August 20th, Heart of the Country is a love story starring country music singer Jana Kramer, Randy Wayne, and Gerald McRaney. It is based on the novel by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward.
Faith (Kramer) and Luke (Wayne) have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer and Luke is an up-and- coming businessman. When their life together is shattered and she is forced to return home to the family she turned her back on years ago she must find the strength to love again.
Country’s hottest solo female singer, Jana Kramer, released her self-titled debut album last year to much critical praise, earning her the title of ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013, and has sold almost 1.5 million tracks to date. Kramer is country radio’s No.1 most-played debut artist of 2012 and just released her current single “I Hope It Rains,” to radio, along with her new video.
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If you're looking to indulge in a good "chick flick", Heart of the Country is a good choice. This PG film deals with multiple family dynamics: marriage, father-daughter relationships and siblings. It mirrors the story of the Prodigal son but kind of flips it. Faith is a small town girl with dreams who goes off to the big apple and marries a businessman who gets himself into some trouble and winds up in jail. She ends up returning home to North Carolina while her husband sorts out his legal trouble. Both she and her husband have bridges to mend so you could say that they are both "prodigals" returning home to repair family relationships.
The father-daughter dynamic is very touching and may even cause you to tear up a bit. Gerald McRaney is perfect in his role as the dad. I hadn't heard of Jana Kramer until I saw this movie. Her acting debut is very good as well, but I was really impressed with her beautiful singing voice (several of her songs are on the film's soundtrack).
The sequencing of the film contained a few too many flashbacks; I'm not sure if that is because it's a novel translating into a movie or because the book was written that way (I haven't read the novel). Like a lot of shorter movies, the resolution was not as detailed or as satisfying as I would have liked it to be. I don't want to give away any plot spoilers, but there were a lot of marriage issues that were too glossed over for my liking.
That being said, this movie is filled with good messages about forgiveness, honesty, love, dealing with grief, and repairing hurt relationships. It got me interested in reading the novel as well as checking out more of Jana Kramer's music. You can see an exclusive first look at the music video "The First and Last Time" as a special feature on the DVD.
If you want to treat yourself to your own "chick flick" movie night or a date-night-in, don't forget to enter the Heart of the Country DVD & Novel Giveaway! (ends Sept. 4th)