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'Heart Of The Country'
(Jana Kramer, Randy Wayne, Shaun Sipos, et al / DVD / NR / 2013 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Jana Kramer plays Faith, a New York-based singer returning to her home state of North Carolina after a four-year-absence. She and her husband, Luke (Randy Wayne), are in a bit of a struggle with their marriage. Luke has been arrested for fraud, and Faith is starting to believe that he’s been lying to her for a long time. As Faith begins to reconnect with her country hometown, she reunites with cute doctor Lee (Shaun Sipos), and it obviously looks like there might be somewhat of a spark between the two.

DVD Verdict: The tag line for 'Heart of the Country' is "Sometimes to go forward, you have to go back" and sadly that is where this movies ends up tripping over itself re: it spends too much time ploughing the movie fields of tales already-told in this genre.

The premise is that with her husband jailed for Wall Street fraud, Faith leaves her life of luxury behind to return to rural North Carolina and the father and sister she'd left behind. A tale of a bond of love between a father and his daughter, 'Heart of the Country' isn't a bad movie, far from it. But it does evoke memories of many en masse of other tales spun in such a manner, sadly.

For those not in the know, Jana Kramer was voted the Best New Female Vocalist at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. And so knowing she has a wonderful voice, 'Heart of the Country' soon becomes focused on highlighting the fact that she’s a country singer in real life. And, albeit for pockets of time that get extended as the movie progresses, less focused on trying to explore the people in the film.

Indeed, much of the soundtrack consists of songs written and sung by Kramer and they tend to play at a somber point in the movie – of which there are many, beware!

In closing, 'Heart of the Country' is a nice, overly-decent "Lifetime" movie that doesn't stutter along. It gently gathers speed, but never breaks out of a slow trot, that's for sure. And so together with the flashbacks to a tragic moment in their lives, the movie constantly tries to tug at your heartstrings, but without too much success. It's just not that deep enough to get absorbed within, sorry. These is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of a music video for Jana Kramer’s song, 'The First and Last Time.'