New in Town
Rene Zellweger tries to use her name and charm to try and sell the “fish out of water” romance comedy, New in Town. High powered executive Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) loves living in warm, fast paced Miami when she is asked to go to a small town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a manufacturing plant. When she arrives in the frigid Northwest she receives an equally cold reception from the locals who work in the plant. At the factory, Lucy gets along well enough with her funny talking secretary Blanche (Siobhan Fallon) but none of the other workers like or respect her. Lucy makes it worse when she fires the plant foreman Stu (J. K. Simmons) after he makes her the butt of a joke. (I actually thought the joke was one of the funniest parts of the movie.) Eventually, Lucy begins to warm up to the people in town (even though she looks cold) and she begins dating Union representative Ted Mitchell (Harry Connik Jr.) and takes a second look at her priorities. When she is finally ordered to close down the plant by her bosses in Miami, Lucy comes up with an idea to save the town. This movie doesn’t sound like a romance and it really isn’t. Come to think of it, this movie isn’t that funny so it probably shouldn’t be considered a comedy, either. I will admit that Rene Zellweger is charming, but she definitely wasn’t at her best. This film is full of clichés and the best gag is somebody being shot in the rear end with a shotgun – no pun intended. (Especially if you’re the guy who was shot.) If you’re looking for something new or creative you’ll have to look somewhere else. This film is semi-cute and that’s the only reason it doesn’t drop below a C- rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.