New in Town

  • 12
  • Jonas Elmer (2008)
  • US / Can
  • 92 min
Film Review
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1 out of 5

Even Renée Zellweger in full-on perky mode can't save this terminally unappealing romantic comedy. She plays a high-powered corporate executive who's dispatched from Miami to deepest Minnesota with instructions to downsize a newly acquired dairy-products factory. Naturally, she finds the subzero temperatures, weirdly strangulated vowels and general tweeness of the place jarring at first, but it's not long before she warms to the hardy locals' homespun ways - and especially pick-up driving, beer-drinkin', plaid-wearin' widower Harry Connick Jr. It may adhere to a well-worn formula, but the yawning lack of wit, inspiration or emotional engagement is so pronounced it's quite startling. "Fish out of water" usefully describes any story where a character is thrust into a testing new environment: it's especially apt as New in Town flaps around helplessly before expiring completely.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. High-powered executive Lucy Hill is sent from her luxurious Miami base to oversee the "restructuring" of a factory in a small Minnesota town. She gets a frosty reception from the locals, particularly union boss Ted Mitchell.

Cast and crew


Lucy Hill
Renée Zellweger
Ted Mitchell
Harry Connick Jr
Stu Kopenhafer
J K Simmons
Blanche Gunderson
Siobhan Fallon
Lars Ulstead
Mike O'Brien
Trudy Van Uuden
Frances Conroy
Bobbie Mitchell
Ferron Guerreiro
Bob Deitmar
James Durham
Donald Arling
Robert Small


Jonas Elmer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Some swearing
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Feb 2009
Certificate 12