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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Country Strong or country song: A pop quiz

By Jen Chaney

Gwyneth Paltrow, ready to get the crowd riled up in "Country Strong" ... if she doesn't start sobbing first. (Sony)

Gwyneth Paltrow's "Country Strong" opens in wide release today after playing in just a handful of theaters. And that means Americans everywhere now have the opportunity to watch Paltrow's Kelly Canter hit the booze, break down sobbing and coo over her adopted baby quail, which, of course, she names Loretta Lynn. (For more about the movie, read my review.)

Actually, Paltrow does the best she can with the material she's given, which, unfortunately, is rife with implausible character motivations and some dialogue that sounds like it was ripped out of a bad country-western number.

Which raises a question: If given the opportunity, could most people tell the difference between a portion of dialogue from the movie "Country Strong" and a lyric from a country song? The following quiz gives all of us the opportunity to find out.

Go through all 10 questions, see how you do, then hit the jump (or scroll down) for a bonus question, a bit more information about some of the correct answers and video of Garrett Hedlund in hot country-singer mode. But don't do that until you take the quiz; otherwise, that's cheatin', y'all.

Bonus question:

11. If you see me gettin' smaller, I'm leavin' don't be grievin'.

A. Country Strong dialogue.

B. Country song lyric.

It's actually a trick question because ... it's both! It's a song by Waylon Jennings, one that's quoted in "Country Strong."

Now, because I know you're curious, here are the songs from which the legitimate lyrics in the quiz were taken.

"I hate that stupid ol' pickup truck you never let me drive. You're a redneck heartbreak who's really bad at lying."

That's from the Taylor Swift track "Picture to Burn."

"I'll change if it takes that to make you happy. From now on, you're gonna see a different me."

That one comes from Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad."

Don't tell my achy, breaky heart you didn't recognize this lyric: "You can tell me eyes to watch out for my mind. It might be walking out on me today." For the love of Billy Ray Cyrus, I know you knew that one.

"You ain't much fun since I quit drinkin'. Too much work is hard for your health"? That's pure Toby Keith.

And then there's my favorite: "I'm gonna keep drinkin' till I can't move a toe and then maybe my heart won't hurt me so." That was taken from the gem "There's a Tear in my Beer" by Hank Williams, Sr. (and Jr.).

As for the rest of the quiz answers? They're pure "Country Strong," baby.

Stil wanting more? Here's a clip of Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund (in his super-sexy cowboy voice) singing "Give in to Me."

By Jen Chaney  | January 7, 2011; 11:24 AM ET
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Pop quiz: Country song or 'Country Strong'?

Or, '(AsS)ANGe? xref: Palm Sunday.

Is what's left right?
Or, is what's right left?
Nashville graffiti near your house, Waylon

[Thn!/ 11:59:135*] #833 of 833: William Hale (hinging0) Fri 07 Jan 2011 (12:49 PM)


Posted by: randomsample | January 7, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse


10 outta 10.

I think I need a life. :)

Posted by: LadyMac | January 7, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

8 out of 10. And I don't even listen to country music. Go figure.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 8, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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