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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.

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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.

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

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Lionsgate [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chilled in Miami 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

Gross USA:

$16,734,283

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,010,817
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 flirtation between Ted and Lucy about continuing their budding personal/sexual relationship, a joke between the two lead characters.Employee owned companies are by definition non-union. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Hill: I may be a city girl, but I know how to start a fire. Where's the button?
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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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In the Thick of It
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Zellweger Shines in entertaining formula romantic comedy
25 January 2009 | by lor_See all my reviews

Though its payoff scenes are as predictable as could be, this entertaining romantic comedy is an effective vehicle sure to please Renee Zelweger fans. Well-timed to a winter release (the film's heartwarming Xmas scene occurs early in the story as an intended anticlimax preceding the plot complications to come), this modern fable set in a small town in frozen Minnesota is well-photographed on atmospheric Manitoba locations. Zellweger top lines as the fish out of water, volunteering in her high-profile Miami based conglomerate to head north to makeover a tiny food plant, cut its workforce by half and retool for an automated new product launch. She's the typical jargon-laden, fast-track advancement type, dreaming of CEO-hood and sorely lacking in empathy or any recognizable people-to-people skills. Strutting around in inappropriate high heels (closeups of which are a bit overdone by Danish director Jonas Elmer making his Hollywood debut), she quickly alienates every Minnesotan in sight and looks to be headed for disaster in a hopeless hatchet-woman assignment. Led by a warm & funny supporting turn by Siobhan Fallon Hogan (who channels the local persona even better than Frances McDormand's Oscar-winning stint in Fargo), as her local assistant, a tapioca pudding whiz who spends equal time on scrapping (making scrapbooks) and religiosity, the very cute cast of hayseeds play off hard-bitten Zellweger quite well in a time-honored clash of city smarts vs. folksy wisdom. Sure it's very, very corny, but fun all the same. Harry Connick Jr. plays the area union chief who is always in view as Renee's romantic interest, and there is also a dynamite turn by J.K. Simmons (fresh from his triumph in Juno) as the plant foreman who runs afoul of Renee's plans. New in Town is not in the league of the great old movies of Riskin and Capra, but is genuinely amusing and a fine platform for Zellweger to display both physical & romantic comedy skills. The spectre of layoffs and disappearing companies we are currently living through was probably not in mind when this light feature was scripted and shot, but it resonates as a timely, escapist treatment of all-too-painful realities.


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