Crazy Heart

Theatrical Release: February 12, 2010
Crazy Heart


Four-time Academy Award® nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film “Crazy Heart” from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.

Dove Review

Jeff Bridges gives a fantastic performance as a man who is battling the bottle. “Bad Blake” as he is called constantly smokes too and is a bit stubborn, but he is also likable. His many fans love him and ask him to perform their favorite songs as he travels from one small stop (such as at a bowling alley/bar) to another. In Santa Fe he meets a young woman and reporter named Jane (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who wants to interview him. She is charming with a good sense of humor and she finds him to be the same way. Soon Blake begins to enjoy life again, but continues his dangerous habit of constant drinking and smoking. When an incident occurs which places fear in everyone, including Blake himself, he finds himself at a crossroads and must decide if he will turn his back on the booze, or plunge deeper into the abyss he has been residing in.

Due to very strong language in this film, in addition to sex between an unmarried couple and the strong use of alcohol in the film, as well as the smoking of a marijuana cigarette, we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Passionate kissing; an unmarried couple have sex more than once; man has sex without marriage with a girl in a one night stand; man is seen touching a woman's private area.
Language: A lot of strong language in this movie; biblical profanity (GD, J) as well as the F word uttered many, many times, in addition to other strong language.
Violence: A man falls asleep at the wheel and has an accident in his truck and we see some blood on his forehead and learn he has broken his ankle; an angry mother strikes at man who had watched her child when the child comes up missing.
Drugs: Constant drinking and smoking and a character finally goes to detox and AAA in the end of the film and dries up; the smoking of a marijuana cigarette.
Nudity: Shirtless male; man seen in his underwear; woman's underwear and bra seen; cleavage.
Other: A man takes a child into a bar with him and the child runs away before the man realizes it and a desperate search is launched for the missing boy.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Scott Cooper & Thomas Cobb
Director: Scott Cooper
Producer: T-Bone Burnett
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 112 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter