New in Town (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  30 January 2009 (USA)
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A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town.



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A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she's ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she's forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town. Written by Anonymous

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She's an executive on the move. But her career is taking her a little farther than she expected.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA)  »

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32 and Single  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,741,530 (USA) (30 January 2009)


$16,699,684 (USA) (20 March 2009)

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J.K. Simmons didn't wear a fat suit for his role as Stu Kopenhafer; he actually gained 40+ pounds. See more »


Shortly after Lucy announces she has arranged to buy the Munck Food facility in New Ulm being closed down to produce Blanches' tapioca pudding recipe and that the new company would be employee owned she turns to Ted (union rep) to discuss the need for future 'negotiations'. This is supposed to be flirty innuendo about continuing their budding personal/sexual relationship but it makes absolutely no sense in an employee owned shop. What are employee/owners going to need a union for - demand higher wages, stage a walk out, a slow down or strike against themselves? Employee owned companies are by definition non-union. See more »


Lucy Hill: [conversation at dinner table] Industrial competition in a free-market economy is what built this country.
Ted Mitchell: No, robber barons built this country, and they did it from the blood of working folks. Hell, you steal somebody's car, you get thrown in jail, you steal somebody's life savings, you get to be a CEO.
Lucy Hill: I'm planning on being a CEO.
Ted Mitchell: Well, Blanche, you better count the silverware before she leaves, then.
Lucy Hill: Oh, don't bother, I'm leaving now.
Ted Mitchell: Not if I leave first.
[both get up to leave together]
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, we're shown what is supposed to be the completed version of the scrapper book that Siobhan Hogan's character gives to Renee' Zellweger's. Various stills from the movie are shown as pictures 'pasted' into the scrapbook, along with humorous tag lines on each (page). See more »


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I was a little leery
28 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The IMDb ratings were low (5.2) and I was expecting to regret my decision to go to the movies. Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr., were certainly a draw but it was the low matinée price and the fact that I had plenty of time and nothing better to do that got me in the door. Sometimes preconceptions can spoil a good movie, but not in this case. For me the movie greatly exceeded the rating.

I enjoyed the movie and while it was fairly predictive and was what another commenter described as a sweet story, I don't think you will find a better movie for this 2009 winter of dismal news. Predictive, in these times, is a much desired thing and a little sweetness certainly doesn't hurt. I was not disappointed by Zellweger or Connick; I enjoyed their performances (but I always do). The supporting cast is strong. The rural Minnesota accents may have been a little strong, but if so, at least for me, the accent treatment added to the enjoyment of the movie. Just so you know, I can be critical, but I don't look for things to criticize. I really liked the movie.

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