New in Town

New in Town

Jonas Elmer (2008)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A Miami business executive accepts a temporary assignment helping to downsize a manufacturing plant in a small Minnesota town. Despite a frosty reception, she soon finds herself warming to the community and falling in love with the man of her dreams - until she is asked to do the unthinkable. Romantic comedy, starring Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr and JK Simmons.

Cast & 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
Director Jonas Elmer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Feb 2009
Comedy Drama