When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an existence playing in the shadow of Tommy, the upstart kid he once mentored?
Rated R for language and brief sexuality
A Country Crooner Whose Flight Is Now Free Fall
“Crazy Heart,” written and directed by Scott Cooper, is a small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.