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New in Town (2009)

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A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town.

Director:

Jonas Elmer

Writers:

Ken Rance (as Kenneth Rance), C. Jay Cox

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Lucy Hill
Harry Connick Jr. ... Ted Mitchell
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Blanche Gunderson
J.K. Simmons ... Stu Kopenhafer
Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien ... Lars Ulstead
Frances Conroy ... Trudy Van Uuden
Ferron Guerreiro Ferron Guerreiro ... Bobbie Mitchell
James Durham James Durham ... Rob Deitmar
Robert Small ... Donald Arling
Wayne Nicklas Wayne Nicklas ... Harve Gunderson
Hilary Carroll Hilary Carroll ... Kimberley
Nancy Drake Nancy Drake ... Flo
Stewart J. Zully ... Wallace Miller (as Stewart Zully)
Marilyn Boyle Marilyn Boyle ... Winnie
Dan Augusta Dan Augusta ... Billy Gunderson
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Lionsgate [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

32 and Single See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,741,530, 1 February 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,734,283, 26 March 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,970,613, 3 May 2009
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed under the title "Chilled in Miami." See more »

Goofs

When Ted is discussing severance compensation on the phone, the boom is visible. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Mamma Mia! (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Move by Yourself
Written by Donavon Frankenreiter
Performed by Donavon Frankenreiter
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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J.K. Simmons is the old guru of "New In Twon"
2 March 2009 | by meezaSee all my reviews

Guess what is not new in town at your local movie theatre? Another formulaic romantic comedy. This one is called "New in Town" but old in design. Not new= a female protagonist trying to prove that she can tackle any challenge. In this case, a once again mediocre Renee Zellweger plays Lucy Hill; an executive living in sunny Miami who is ordered to reside in cold Minnesota for a few months to play efficiency expert at a company plant. Not new= independent girl bickers with hometown boy and eventually fall in love. In this case, a once again mediocre Harry Connick Jr. plays Ted Mitchell; a Minnesota labor union rep who fights with Lucy and then … well, do I have to repeat myself? Not new= Female protagonist is seen by small town residents as an unruly big city tyrant and then eventually changes her ways because of unforeseen circumstances. In this case, Lucy is seen as the "mad slicer of jobs" by the plant workers until …….. well, do I have to repeat myself again? To say the least, Director Jonas Elmer fuddles and struggles to provide creativity in "New in Town" and does not give Minnesotans justice by copycatting the "Fargo" character playbook. Jonas my brother, sorry to share! Screenwriters Ken Rance and C. Jay Cox did not interject any verbose ingenuity in "New in Town"; in fact, everything sounded kind of old. Now there is something that kind of salvaged the film from the boring cold! That came in the form of another spectacular (also not new, but we like this one) acting performance by the underrated J.K. Simmons as a Plant Foreman. "New in Town" should not be deported from your movie wish list, thanks to Simmons, but then again it is far from being the best new movie in town. *** Average


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