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New In Town (Fullscreen Edition)
New In Town
Fullscreen Edition
Actors: Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr.
Director: Jonas Elmer
Genres: Comedy
PG     2009     1hr 37min

Award-winning actress Renée Zellweger stars as Lucy Hill, a high-powered executive in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle. Seeking to snag a big promotion, Lucy agrees to move to a remote Minnesota town to oversee the re...  more »

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Actors: Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr.
Director: Jonas Elmer
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/26/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 1/2/2011...
Terrific movie for all. Funny and great acting. Happy Ending.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Theresa C. (T5Coleman) from MILFORD, PA
Reviewed on 6/14/2010...
Great, tasteful, and charming romantic comedy. Not many around these days done so well. Enjoy!
Ashley A. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 2/23/2010...
This was a cute movie (for the light hearted). A little predictable, but good for a night in. As for some of the other strong negative review comments, I wouldn't pay them much mind. Yes, there are stereotypes, but they are light hearted along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I'm a midwesterner & was by no means offended by the comical portrait.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Shim F.
Reviewed on 10/30/2009...
This is a pretty funny movie.
This is the kind of movie you watch when you just want to laugh.
There wasn't offensive, really.
Just a good clean romance.

Movie Reviews

Predictable romance, but hysterical
Timothy P. Scanlon | Hyattsville, MDUSA | 02/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I saw a trailer for this film, I saw it compared with "Fargo," the Coen brothers classic. My spouse and I were both in need of a laugh so we went to see it.

I must agree with at least one other review that it's an absurdly predictable story. Boy meets girl, they despise each other, yet fall in love and they all live happily ever after. That element of the story was a letdown. But there were enough laughs to redeem the story.

I'll paraphrase, and perhaps add a little to another review: Rene plays Lucy Hill, a rising Yuppie corporate exec based in Miami. The company decides to send someone to Minnesota to close one of their plants. None of the guys will do it so Lucy volunteers. She, in true, corporate tradition, has her eye on corporate VP, something she's going to get when she faithfully fulfills the company's goals, right?

Well, when she gets to MN, she has so little perception of the conditions--cold, slippery--that she is, alas, a fish out of water. She meets her assistant, masterfully performed by Siobhan Fallon, who is an exaggeration of Frances McDormand's role in "Fargo." Her one-liners had both my spouse and I "ROFL"ing. I do have a comment though on Fallon's (Blanche Gunderson's) monolog: She asked Lucy if she's found Jesus, and that became the cause for a burst of laughter from both Lucy and presumably the audience. I thought that question to be slightly incongruous; it's something one would have more likely experienced in, say, Mississippi or Georgia than in New Ulm, MN.

Well, then, Lucy, while secretly trying to close the plant, meets fireman Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick) when she flew off the icy road. They eventually fall in love... Well, the synopsis has already been written here so I won't repeat it.

In the process, not only is love fallen into, but Lucy decides that, shucks, these are nice people. (The story reminded me of Michael J. Fox's "Doc Hollywood" and countless other scripts.) She decides to keep the place open, and they come up with a new product, blah, blah, blah.

From an honest perspective, while I was laughing at the script, I found that portion of the story to be a complete fantasy. Most of us know how corporations work these days. First, the product they came up with (no, I won't give it away here and spoil the story) wouldn't compete with the corporate, pre-packaged and advertised product. Second, no, the corporation's not going to say, "Aw, shucks, let's be nice to these folks whom Lucy told us are are so quaint."

Then, without giving any more away, Lucy and Ted fall in love, and they all lived happily ever after.

Hmmm. I'm quite critical of the story. So why do I give it four stars? Because of the laughs.

Again, I think the idea of the accent was a product of McDormand's academy award winning role in "Fargo." In this film, they may have made a little more of a caricature out of it. One of the Minnesotan characters, by the way, was played by one of my heroines, Frances Conroy (I'm a big "Six Feet Under" fan). But it was so well done, it had me laughing thoughout.

Then there's the scene when Ted and Lucy try to disguise their indiscretion so that Ted's daughter didn't know what happened, another side-buster. But the choreography necessary of Lucy while Ted and Lucy were hunting and nature called was worth the price of the ticket.

No, I won't give away any more than that, but it was hysterical.

Again, as others have already said and more will surely say, if you're after a soul-enhancing, humanitarian, or realistic story, this one might not be for you. That ain't the way life works except maybe in the movies. but if you'd like some hearty laughs--maybe a little to deliver you from what's going on in today's economy, this is a side breaker."
Pleasing, entertaining film
Mike Sobocinski | Lansing, MI | 02/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although marketed as a comedy, this has little in common with the DRECK that Hollywood has been churning out under the "comedy" label (e.g. Bride Wars) because the point of this film is to progress to more sophisticated characterization and understanding as its main character finds herself in a "fish out of water" setting, transplanted from Miami to a small city in Minnesota.

This film contains aspects of mild drama that enhance its credibility and respectability greatly. Characters become fully humanized as the film progresses, even if they at first seem like caricatures or stereotypes. That's a main theme of the film - that people mis-judge each other all the time in ways that turn out to be unfair.

This is a good-hearted, well-played film that, although not really new in theme or plot, carries a message that is well worth repeating, and does it very well through good performances and an enjoyable script. Critics really do not serve the public well when they presume that something that's been "done before" is therefore inferior as a result, for films within the same subgenre are never truly identical, and it all boils down to the problem that "critics" are reviewing EVERYTHING, regardless of their own prior interest in the film, and "critics" often lack any clear training or expertise to inform their opinions, and "critics" are often left simply reacting to each other in weird contests about who can find the film that is the most "original" - which usually ends up meaning the most aberrant and demeaning and cynical.

By contrast, "New in Town" delivers an "old-fashioned" message that truly deserves to be a Hollywood tradition... a nicely American message of overcoming the various sociocultural divides that exist in our country, of cutting through the many stereotypes that downplay and dismiss other people (and categories and groups), and instead coming to appreciate the good aspects of different lifestyles and preferences that exist throughout the country.

In this film, some of the social divisions that are addressed and dealt with include the urban/rural (or "small town") split, a blue-collar/white collar split, a college educated versus trades/crafts skill-based social class division, monetary wealth vs. budgeted fulfillments, religious/secular divides, and conflicting aspects of provincial/cosmopolitan perspectives. This is all enough to compose a very laudable, effective, engaging, entertaining, and yes, even thought-provoking film! Of the kind that can actually have people reflecting on and working on improving their own shortcomings and building bridges to get along with others or at least able to see their points-of-view.

Very well done!!!!"
Movies like they made when they made movies.
Joshua Glowzinski | Earth | 02/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First let me say that I am surprised that this got such a bad review here. I went to see this movie with my mom. I didn't know how it would be when the first past came on. But I was very happy to have seen it when it had ended. I think this movie is really funny if your not thinking that it's going to make you laugh the entire way through. It gave me the feeling that I got when I was a kid watching movies that were for my age. Does that make sense? I think what I'm saying is that it worked perfectly.

Renee Zellweger is great. She is so beautiful and acts so well. She can make you laugh without making look as though she tries and she really makes you feel what her character is feeling. I'm not sure of the last movie I saw her in. But after seeing this, I look forward to her next film. Harry Connick Jr. is another actor who is great. He does such a great job of being the guy is is supposed to be in this film. He never gives you the feeling of seeing someone over act. He plays his part calm and cool. For a guy who is such a good singer and actor, we sure don't see much of him. All the actors in this movie act very well. You get the feeling that you know them, and you can understand what they're going through. It kind of reminded me of Fargo at first. I hated that movie. But I loved this one.

The movies is about Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger), who is picked to go and restructure a factory that is out of state. When she gets there she starts out with some trouble. Some things happen and she sees this guy Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick, Jr.) She Insults him and thinks he is a slob. Come to find out he is the union rep for the company she has been sent to restructure. She is a women who does not want any ones help. She is from the city and that is the way she is used to living. Come to find out her boss wants her to cut the workers by 50%! She has no problem with this for a while. But how will she feel as she comes to meet the people of the town? As she lives there with them and sees there way of life, will she decide that she wants to help them? Or will she stay the city girl, high class business women that she is, and cut their company to get higher in her own?

This movie did make me laugh. But more importantly it really drew me in. It had my attention fully and totally. There are few movies that make me forget that I'm in a theater. Few that make me forget about everything else but it. This movie was one of those few. I will buy it when it comes to DVD. I look very forward to watching it again. I hope there are others whom like this much as I. Remember, even if people give something a bad or good review, it's up to you to decide if you like it. So give it a chance.