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The Country Bears

  G HD Closed Captioning

Peter Hastings

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Plot Summary

Like so many other bands of their era and stature, the members of the legendary group The Country Bears were torn apart by the perils of their own success: ego, women, jealousy, and a little too much honey. In the 1970s The Country Bears - brothers Ted and Fred Bedderhead, Tennessee O'Neal, and Zeb Zoober - pioneered a unique southern rock sound that still influences music today. After ten years of separation and unfulfilling existences, the band has now reunited to film their first major motion picture. "The Country Bears" is the story of a band reuniting to save their birthplace. A greedy banker (Christopher Walken) is about to foreclose on the historic country bear hall - unless the group's one-time manager Henry Dixon Taylor and eager young fan Beary Barrinson can convince the bitter ex-members of the rock band to put aside their differences and perform a benefit concert to save the musical venue.


  • Director
    • Peter Hastings
  • Screenwriter
    • Mark Perez
  • Producers
    • Andrew Gunn
    • Jeffrey Chernov

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 80
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 56
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This ingrown mutant is easily the most bizarre children's film made in this country since 1982's lab-rat apocalypse The Secret of NIMH. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The Country Bears has no scenes that will upset or frighten young viewers. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing in this flat effort that will amuse or entertain them, either. – C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 3, 2002

Rotten: There isn't enough irony or sly humor to keep adults interested, and there isn't enough adventure in the plot to keep children over the age of 4 from squirming in their seats. – Reilly Capps, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: After a while, the only way for a reasonably intelligent person to get through The Country Bears is to ponder how a whole segment of pop-music history has been allowed to get wet, fuzzy and sticky. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

If you ain't got it, you won't get it

Okay, so they're bears. But if you've got music in your soul - especially if you can look back on days of playing in a band - there is something electric about the concept of 'getting the band back together.' Throw in Christopher Walken playing his armpit and an awesome soundtrack featuring John Hiett, and you've got a story that is one cool ride down rock and roll memory lane. If you don't get it, just don't watch it. But if you love music, ignore the uninformed reviews by the uninitiated and latch on to this great piece of entertainment. WARNING: It'll make you wanna get the band back together!


I loved it.

killin it

mmk..yall, this movie rocks my socks off..but if you take it too seriously you might expect too much out of it. its fun. and the music is actually really good..haha..just keep an open mind. personally I still love watching it :]

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2002

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