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Member Picks: Crazy Heart (2009)

  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Director: Scott Cooper
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Music
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 112 min.

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.

Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.

May’s pick was made by moxie members Jennifer & Thomas Klein.
“Crazy Heart is one of those movies that doesn’t challenge the viewer, but doesn’t insult him or her, either. It’s easy to watch and easy to love,” said Jennifer Klein.

Why are they members?
“To us, The Moxie elevates the quality of life in Springfield and we want to do our part to make sure it not only continues to exist, but also flourishes,” Klein said.

Free for members

Synopsis: 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, 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. [Fox Searchlight]

"On first viewing, Crazy Heart seemed like a pretty good movie with one great performance. After a second time through, it's sneaking up on the title of my favorite film of the year."
- Dana Stevens, Slate
"Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem. "
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake’s moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own. "
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters. "
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This performance reminds us that Bridges is that rare actor who has never had to make that apology. Crazy Heart lets him be every bit as grand as we’d hope him to be. "
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"In a musical genre where emotional authenticity is essential, Bridges is a great enough actor to make us believe these songs could be his own."
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Jeff Bridges finds the perfect vehicle for his lazy charm and bitter irony in the role of Bad Blake, a washed-up country star trying to climb out of the bottle and put his life back together."
- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Gyllenhaal and Bridges are marvelous together, playing their characters' cautious affection for each other as an alluring winding path that's actually laden with minefields."
- Stephanie Zacharek,