New in Town (2009)
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The theme of the movie is a huge impersonal corporation about to downsize a Middle West factory. The movie brings out many of the conflicting moral values that are at the center of American politics today. Even more interesting, the movie has something to say about what we're going through--something valuable.
I enjoyed the movie and recommend it highly. It's light fare with thought-provoking ideas.
Rene Zellweger is Lucy Hill, a troubleshooter sent by headquarters from her base in tropical Miami to turn round an under performing food processing factory in Minnesota.
Hill soon finds that the weather is far from warm as Miami (she arrives in heels and any lack of warm clothing) and the locals are hicks used to small town ways and so there is immediately a culture clash.
Hill also falls foul of the kind hearted local union representative (Harry Connick) who also conveniently happens to be a widowed single parent.
As time goes by Hill who in effect needs to fire people realises that she can turn the company around by taking a high risk approach but needs to rally the town together and proves to the company that she works for that she is prepared to scrap with them to save the factory.
This is really a fish out of water comedy of a woman who realises that the town has depth and comforts missing in her life. The hunky widowed union rep helps.
This is watchable but it would never amount to above average. The accents were laid on thick, sounded Canadian to me but it there is never anything original in the pudding baked in this movie.
A management personnel, played by Renée Zellweger, shows up in cold Minnesota (I think) to take over management of a company and lay off 50% of the staff. Harry Connick Jr (amazed he is still around) plays the labor union representative.
Of course, she is under dressed and made fun of by the locals who considered her in-affective and not necessary, and of course, she falls in love with the town, Harry Connick, Jr and endeavors to save the factory by producing another viable product.
The so-called romance is boring with absolutely no chemistry, and the most funny items they can add to the plot line is him trying to open her britches so she can go to the bathroom!
I never saw Renée Zellweger look so bad - not even in her movies with Colin Firth when she was overweight.
There were many questions throughout the movie that were never fully explained nor represented to help the viewer understand the plot better, and the way that they ran through the holidays endeavoring to show time passing was very painful to a viewer.
The one good thing that was in the film that surprised me was the fact that, although Renée Zellweger made two patronizing remarks about Jesus and God, the main contact member of the town, did not seem to find it funny. I did enjoy the town's Christmas son around the Christmas tree which really gave a piece of good spirit ... until it was almost the next day (she was returning the tapioca dish) and it was supposed to be Valentine's Day!
This film is all about community, love and compassion, and making a positive difference in this world that impacts and benefits the people around you.
Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr. and J.K. Simmons are a pleasure to watch as always, and the lesser known actors such as Siobhan Fallon are excellent too.
If you want to watch a heartwarming film with a beautiful moral message about human values and what really matters in this world, this film will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and remind you what life is all about. For those who prefer blowing things up, watch something else.
I haven't seen a decent comedy drama with such inspiring human values since Sweet Home Alabama. (and guess what, I just checked and screenplay writer C. Jay Cox was behind them both!) LOL Is there really only one screenwriter out there who can write romantic comedy with compassion and community at its core? In my opinion, the world would be a much better place if these values were the focus of Hollywood.
This is a wonderful film which deserves much more than the rating it has.
Don't believe me usually our protagonist don't like each other in fact hate each other but for plot convenient reasons one need the help of the other and there relationship becomes mildly indifferent,soon they realize they have a lot in common and they mature and quickly fall in love with Little to no screen time,simply because man and women in this films cant be friends they have will somehow be forced to fall in love.
the plot of the actual movie? who cares you only go see it to see how long it takes for them to fall in love.
It's got a good premise, it was well written, and the acting was pretty good, too. Some of the characters are just FUNNY! For me, Blanche and Harv provided the most laughs. The chemistry between Renee Zelweger and Harry Connick, Jr. built slowly and you could definitely see it coming from their first scene, but this is one of those movies where the supporting actors were the real stars. But I must say that Renee Zelweger did better than I thought she would. She was believable as the Florida corporate executive relegated to a cold, snowy Minnesota winter.
WHO WILL LIKE THIS MOVIE: - Parents - Kids (both my teen daughters love it) - Residents of Northern Tier states - Those who grew up in or enjoy small towns
WHO WILL NOT LIKE THIS MOVIE: - Corporate board members who take their jobs too seriously. - Residents of large cities who don't understand small town life. - Canadians and Minnesotans who are too critical of being imitated. - People with no sense of humor.
This film left me with a very good feeling, as if it had restored something important within me. A subtle comedy and an even subtler romance - basically, this is just a life story with its humor, love and heart-warming developments. Perfect for a quiet Christmas evening - yes, because the filmmakers managed to add a touch of Christmas which, IMHO, wasn't really necessary and ruined part of the story appeal for me (as in, "oh no, not another Christmas movie!" halfway through it).
Overall, a wonderful experience, can't recommend it enough.
There were moments in this movie that really made me laugh, (the nipple scene killed me) but all in this is just another forgettable romantic comedy. Sometimes though that's exactly what you're looking for, plus there's something yummy about Harry Connick Jr. even if he is looking a little rough here. 05.13
Zelweger is utterly charming as female corporate executive Lucy Hill, in this delightful film.
Enjoying the serenity of her high- powered upscale executive Miami lifestyle, Lucy's bosses suddenly send her to a northern Minnesota nowhere-land mining town to oversee and revamp a local production plant. An obvious fish-out-of-water, Lucy slowly warms up to her new surroundings, and her new friendships with the locals, until corporate threatens to shut operations down; forcing Lucy to step up, and risk her own future.
While some critics or fans may have criticized Zelweger's appearance or performance, I beg to differ. She is adorable in this role, and pulls it off nicely. And little doubt the good acting, interaction, and chemistry between her and Connick Jr.
While much of the supportive cast is equally delightful, the true scene- stealer is Sioban Fallon as Blanche Gunderson; the kindly neighbor and plant Production Specialist who takes Lucy under her wing, leads a scrapbooking circle, and makes Tapioca pudding as a hobby.
Why...She sure is pleased as plum punch ta meet cha' all :)
The movie labors to get to the good ending that was not very surprising. It stretches to find comedy for example lets laugh about a drunk woman falling down and people getting sprayed with pudding. All and All there was little entertaining in this unimaginative story. The drinking game bit was the one time I laughed, so, maybe it could be worth a view (if free) for that, but little else.
Oh and just for the heck of mentioning it, when will someone get that wondering cow off the road, finally. In the middle of this movie a cow causes an accident for the main character because she swerves her car to avoid hitting it. This might be the same cow that causes the same type of problem in Utopia, Texas (In the movie "Seven Days in Utopia") and Grady, South Carolina (In the movie "Doc Hollywood"). It might be that this particular cow keeps wondering around the country purposely causing people to wreck their cars, by avoiding the cow and driving off the road and into snow drifts like in this movie or into fences, like Doc Hollywood and Seven Days in Utopia. That not-so-nice cow has caused a lot of problems for drivers, in movies. Nothing ever happens to that cow. Therefore, I guess this cow will keep on doing this. Perhaps sometime in the future, after this happens to so many drivers in so many movies, maybe someone will do something about that ole meandering cow.
This is an attempt at rom-com without any likability or chemistry. The jokes of Zellweger and the cold are more misses than hits. Nobody really shines in this one. They're mostly just competent. Like the weather, it takes awhile for anything to warm up here. It's a fairly flat effort, a flat 5/10 effort.
Resolutely formulaic, the film watches as Zellweger teaches the locals a little about big city life, whilst they in turn expose her to the charms of small town Minnesota. Along the way, Zellweger feuds, falls in love with, loses and reclaims a sexy single dad who also happens to be a union boss. To see these clichés done about as well as they can be done, see "Local Hero".
5/10 – Worth no viewings.
That being said, it was Harry Connick Jr and J.K. Simmons' work that influenced my decision; Renée Zellweger I am sort of indifferent about. Given she has the lead role, I'll admit she did not disappoint, not like in the Bridget Jones trilogy or Appaloosa. Connick and Simmons did however live up to my high expectations; I can't think of any movie in which I've seen them in, with a bad performance by them. They made the movie worth watching. Connick also happens to be a talented musician and excellent composer, of whose work I'm a fan.
The story was good enough, a little predictable as all, OK most, romantic comedies are. I recommend it to guys who have to make up for watching guy movies with their bored better half. If anything, you can get an appreciation for Jonas Elmer's work as director.
Lucy Hill is a corporate executive from Miami dispatched during winter to a plant in New Ulm, Minnesota to handle its retooling for a new product line and the elimination of half the workforce. She arrives to meet a colorful cast of small town characters, including a handsome and abrasive union leader (Harry Connick Jr.). In a development that won't surprise any living thing on Earth, including the bacteria living in my commode, Lucy falls in love with both the townspeople and the union rep and when her bosses announce they're shutting down the plant entirely, she has to find a way to salvage both the livelihood of the community and her budding relationship.
Now, I like Zelwegger so I found New In Town to be Perfectly Acceptable Entertainment. Yes, it's predictable and obvious and unoriginal and stumbles from one rom-com cliché to another without any structure or direction. Lucy Hill is a cipher, her love interest is practically an absentee character and the only reason the two of them wind up together is because there's literally no one else in the story they could be with. But there's nothing jaw-droppingly stupid about any of the plot, none of the characters have to act like compete and total morons to keep the story going and there are persistent attempts at humor through the whole thing. As chick flicks go, this is not a pain to sit through.
The Random Romantic-Comedy Generator did manage to spit out a couple of interesting concepts, but they go criminally underutilized. Early on it's established that the workforce at the plant has made a habit of running mangers out of town and there are moments when New In Town almost wanders into a more lively and unexpected story about the conflict between an ambitious executive who cares only about her career and the subversively devious employees who don't take kindly to outsiders telling them how to run "their" plant. There's also a second where it seems like the movie might use scrapbooking as a metaphor of the difference between small town permanence and the disposable world of on-the-go corporate existence. Neither of those opportunities are recognized or taken advantage of.
If you hate rom-coms and/or Zelwegger with a passion, this motion picture is not for you. If you like either or both, New In Town will be an okay way to kill 97 minutes. You know which group you belong to.