Cast: Renee Zellweger; Director: Jonas Elmer; Producers: Paul Brooks, Tracey E. Edmonds, Phyllis Laing, Andrew Paquin, Peter Safran, Darryl Taja; Screenwriters: Ken Rance, C. Jay Cox; Music: John Swihart; Editor: Troy Takaki; Genre: Romantic Comedy; Cinematography: Chris Seager; Distributor: Viva Films; Location: Los Angeles, California, USA; Running Time: 96 min.;
Technical Assessment: 3
Moral Assessment: 2.5
CINEMA Rating: For viewers 14 and above
Lucy Hill (Zellweger) is a high-profile successful executive in Miami. She wears designer’s clothes, drives an expensive car and lives in an upscale apartment. She would do anything to move up the corporate ladder and become Vice President, including volunteering to oversee the restructuring of the company’ Minnesota plant. She relocates to New Ulm and the community’s reception at the beginning is as cold as the weather and Lucy couldn’t care any less for the number of people she would make jobless. With the insistence of a tapioca expert Christian local named Blanche (Fallon), she warms up to the community and befriends union rep Ted Mitchel (Connick Jr.). Lucy is forced to reconsider her goals and priorities when she receives the order to close down the underperforming plant and put the entire community out of work.
The movie is a typical romantic comedy with a lot of warmth and a little heart. There is nothing new in New in Town with its overdone formula, deadpan jokes and forced humor and uninspired characters. The comedy is little weak that the director needs to embellish it with music to make it more tolerable. Still, it has a certain charm that makes the audience laugh and cry. In the end, it is what every film needs to be: enjoyable.
Lucy’s transition from a cold apathetic yuppie is relatable. Most women nowadays are so engrossed in building a career and becoming successful that they set aside the more important things in life: family, humanity and friendship. Sometimes it takes the cold sting of truth and loneliness to realize that there are more valuable things than a career. At a time when the world is experiencing economic crunch, someone who tries to save jobs is a hero.
What is rude on the other hand is the way Christians are presented. Although Blanche's character shows a positive portrayal of Christians in film, the fact is she is still treated as a joke and is the source of some of the film’s comedy.
There are occasions of strong languages and some suggestive scenes. The film should be viewed only by older teens and adults.