Musical fans who love good old-fashioned storytelling that’s coupled with catchy songs should give Country Crush a look. Though its narrative does have its predictable beats, the 96-minute picture is an often engaging experience thanks to innate charisma of lead actors Munro Chambers and Madeline Merlo.
Charlie Bishop (Chambers) is a mechanic who’s holding down the fort at home while his older brother Cody (Kevin McGarry) spends most of his days overseas completing another tour of duty (Jana Kramer co-stars as Cody’s wife). Nancy (Merlo) is an aspiring singer and city girl whose car breaks down, and when Charlie (and his tow truck) come to the rescue, sparks immediately fly. Sophie Tweed-Simmons co-stars as Nancy’s devil may care best friend.
Film chemistry is often hard to find, and thankfully Chambers and Merlo light up the screen during their scenes together. Director/writer Andrew Cymek also gives each of the film’s characters their respective moment to shine with various musical numbers, and each actor definitely knows how to carry a tune (Kramer, Tweed-Simmons and Merlo are music artists in their own right).
The special features on the DVD come with a refreshingly numerous collection of deleted scenes with commentary from Cymek. Several of these sequences provide more insight and color to Kramer’s character, and there’s also an extended scene which details Charlie’s true affections for Nancy. Also included is the “Crush” music video by Merlo and audition footage.
Thanks to the winning work from the leads and solid musical numbers, Country Crush delivers the goods, proving that sometimes you don’t need to live in La La Land to enjoy a good tune or two.
Country Crush hits DVD as a Walmart exclusive on March 14.