Although I am not a country music fan through and through, this sounded awfully sweet and a piece of inspiration which relied a great deal on one’s spirituality – something that is never an unpleasant reminder in our lives.
Never knowing her parents, young Bobbie was raised by her “aunt” Ella. Her mother died in childbirth and her father, a bull-rider, rode off into the sunset as soon as the rodeo left their small Kentucky town. Growing up singing her entire life, Bobbie (Katrina Elam) has one of the biggest voices in the south, but all she is doing with her gift is singing at small county fairs. The last straw comes when the expectation of a proposal from her boyfriend doesn’t pan out. Packing her few bags and bidding her beloved Ella good-bye, Bobbi sets out for country music’s hometown – Nashville. Upon arrival, Bobbi finds it not what she expected, but is nevertheless determined. Gaining employment at a Sushi restaurant, she discovers her co-workers have a band and they likewise find their lead vocalist in her. One thing leads to another and soon Bobbi has signed a recording contract, earned a new, more hip band at the urgings of her manager (Todd Truly), and overnight, the very personal single she wrote is an instant success. It’s no coincidence then when she meets her ideal man in rodeo cowboy Dale (Travis Fimmel) and with an opening act for George Strait, it would seem all of Bobbi’s girlhood dreams coming true – or are they?
Seeing this did not come about as a result of having seen the 1992 counterpart – the film debut of George Strait – but rather (as is the case with many smaller titles), a promo spot. Ever since I was little, music has meant something to me. Primarily, my choice of genre has been light Christian pop but over the last few years, I have wandered into the realm of country music, slipping it into my collection here and there. Seeing the film show more of the process behind the “glitz and glamour” was interesting for me. Instead of the surface acts, it was far more entertaining to see such a focus on the behind-the-scenes work; music video shoots, studio recording and the like.
Since the budget for the movie probably didn’t measure that of a feature film, there are some situations where the movie is quite obviously struggling to have a bigger, more picturesque set. The movie opens supposedly in Heaven and instantly makes us wary, thinking that the entire movie will suffer terribly thanks to sappy dialogue and a set that does nothing to make us think of Heaven (apart from some fluffy white clouds). Thankfully those scenes are few and the rest of the movie shines of its own power. Bobbie is played by a recording artist who I had never heard of before, and although Katrina hasn’t put anything out in a while, her voice is fabulous. She, in fact possesses great talent and for a singer, she does quite a splendid job in this, her first acting gig. She plays Bobbie with the right mix of raw talent and innocence before gaining some confidence in herself. The supporting cast were mainly unknowns but also gave the appropriate play to their cowboy-type roles. George Strait does make a couple of appearances, although not as his character from the first film but as himself. Perhaps what I enjoyed most about the production was that the script didn’t turn Bobbie into a hideous celebrity who had no time for anyone unless they were just as popular as she; she never did reach that point of superiority. A refreshing change from most films in this genre.
Dove is well-known for their little symbol on movies that have received their “okay” for family viewing and this is one of them. I do not know how it compares with its predecessor but this is a decently clean movie that should be tolerable for anyone interested. Filmed on location in Nashville, the director of the first Pure Country is again in back of the camera. Christopher Cain does a masterful job of capturing a charming, sweet story. Co-written by he and his son, Dean (also an actor with a cameo appearance), the story may not be new – one of small-town charm to fame, but it is told in simplistic terms, making us believe in the truth of the story. Its pureness of heart is evident in many forms. Its genuine comedy and slant towards Christianity is something that is normally absent. Bobbi being raised in a Christian or at least religious home allows it to become a story of humility and in a few instances one which shows off the fragility of life, in its heartbreaking forms.
(Rated PG: during a bull-riding competition, the rider is thrown off resulting in some injuries – the camera is careful about filming. A character enters the picture who readily admits to be a drunk [he normally has a beer in his hand] and gets into a couple tussles [he is punched]. Implications are minor about Bobbie’s parents but we do assume she resulted in an out-of-wedlock relationship. Profanity is rare but may include a h*ll or da*n. Bobbie is expected to follow three basic moral rules; don’t lie, never be unfair or break a promise, all of which she eventually does.)