New in Town

New in Town

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Director: Jonas Elmer

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Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. headline this romantic comedy about an ambitious Miami executive who meets the man of her dreams and begins reassessing her big-city values after accepting a temporary transfer to the middle of nowhere. When it comes to climbing the corporate latter, Lucy Hill (Zellweger) is a good few rungs…  See more details below


Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. headline this romantic comedy about an ambitious Miami executive who meets the man of her dreams and begins reassessing her big-city values after accepting a temporary transfer to the middle of nowhere. When it comes to climbing the corporate latter, Lucy Hill (Zellweger) is a good few rungs above her closest competitor; she's got ambition to spare, and she cares more about driving the latest model car and filling her closet with shoes than making friends around the office. Offered a temporary assignment restructuring a manufacturing plant in the snowbound town of New Ulm, Lucy accepts, knowing that a big promotion is just around the corner. But New Ulm and Miami couldn't be more different if they were each located on separate continents, and as Lucy warms to the locals she discovers that there's more to life than making top dollar and wearing the latest fashions. When handsome local Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick Jr.) takes an interest in Lucy, it isn't long before the whole town is abuzz with rumors of romance, and the girl from the city discovers that a bit of rural magic could work wonders for her outlook on life.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A romantic comedy just as benign and generic as its instantly forgettable title suggests, New in Town may be a simplistic reworking of rom-com script number 42B, yet much like Blanche Gunderson's "nothing fancy" meatloaf, it has a certain Midwestern charm that settles calmly in the stomach, making the viewer feel warm, comfortable, and quick to smile. Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is a Miami executive on the fast track to becoming CEO of a powerful business firm. Presented with the opportunity to restructure a manufacturing plant in New Ulm, MN, Lucy catches the next flight out of Miami and prepares to prove herself in the field. At first she's all business, determined to remain professional, do her job, and get back to Miami as quickly as possible. But things work differently in Minnesota than they do in Miami, and though her initial approach to dealing with new secretary Blanche Gunderson (Siobhan Fallon), union rep Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick Jr.), and gruff factory foreman Stu Kopenhafer (J.K. Simmons) is decidedly cool, a little time -- and a few servings of Blanche's top-secret-recipe tapioca -- help her to realize that in the snowy Midwest, a warmer modus operandi can work wonders. Just as Lucy begins growing closer to Ted, however, she learns that the reconfiguration has failed and that the company plans to close the factory down. Will the woman who was once all business simply cut her losses and move on to the next opportunity, or can she find another product for the factory to produce and keep the hardworking people of New Ulm gainfully employed at the same time? If the answer to that last question isn't glaringly obvious, you're sure to get a kick out of New in Town. Conversely, if you guessed the answer correctly but still have a soft spot for predictable romantic comedies, you'll likely be forgiving enough to let this well-played yet wholly unoriginal charmer work its watery magic on you. Aside from one particularly messy tapioca fight, there may not be one original idea in New in Town. From the gag where the big-city girl strolls into a Midwestern snowstorm wearing high heels to the confrontation she has with a small-town waitress (named Flo, natch), and the happy denouement where the crusty factory foreman pretends to have something in his eye rather than showing an actual shred of emotion, every joke in New in Town feels as if it may have been written decades ago. Yet despite the sinking feeling that we've seen these scenes played out by Hollywood time and again, New in Town still manages to coast far enough on goofy sentiment, fun performances, and good old Middle American virtue to make it virtually cynic-proof. No one is likely to walk out of New in Town feeling like they've been blindsided by anything even remotely inappropriate, offensive, or objectionable, and in a time when comedy seems to be based more on irony and shock value than gentle laughs, New in Town stands apart from the pack as the kind of comfort-food cinema that one would expect to find on the living room television of a snowbound Minnesota family when the weather outside is too treacherous too endure.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Renée Zellweger Lucy Hill
Harry Connick Ted Mitchell
J.K. Simmons Stu Kopenhafer
Frances Conroy Trudy Van Uuden
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan Blanche Gunderson
James Durham Bob Deitmar
Ferron Guerreiro Bobbie Mitchell

Technical Credits
Jonas Elmer Director
Eyde Belasco Casting
Paul Brooks Producer
C. Jay Cox Screenwriter
Daniel Davis Production Designer
Tracey E. Edmonds Producer
Lee Harper Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Heber Casting
Jeff Levine Co-producer
Scott Niemeyer Executive Producer
Alexandra Patsavas Musical Direction/Supervision
Ken Rance Screenwriter
Peter Safran Producer
Chris Seager Cinematographer
Darena Snowe Costumes/Costume Designer
John Swihart Score Composer
Darryl Taja Producer
Troy T. Takaki Editor
Norm Waitt Executive Producer

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New in Town 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RUSSIAN_WOLF More than 1 year ago
In today's economy, with companies down-sizing or closing, this movie was reality... To one's heart it was a very heart warming & very funny... Am a fan of Renee Zellweger & Harry Connick and they delivered a great match for each other...
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josiejad More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the TV trailer for "New in Town", I expected a great, witty, movie. When I put in the DVD, it was not what I expected. The plot was okay, even though it took me a long while to understand what was going on. I feel bad for the people in Minnesota, who are claimed to be scrap-booking, pudding-makers who have those strange accents(not Minnesota people, the actors and actresses' "Minnesota" accents). You could tell when there was supposedly a joke, even though the humor wasn't that grand. The acting was pretty good, except for the case (like I said before) about some of the "Minnesota" actors and actresses. I might recommend this to someone, but I highly doubt it.
long-time-movie-buff More than 1 year ago
This movie was so refreshing to see. A romantic comedy that was truly reminiscent of the 1930's screwball movies. It was as clean as those movies. It was cute, funny and sweet. I enjoyed all the characters and story. It was good enough to hold my and my husband's interest. It's not academy award material but it is still fun to see. Long-time-movie-buff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the movie very much. Renea and Harry really make this movie believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie is ok. Makes you laugh at times, but coming from MN we aren't exactly like they portray in the movie. It was fun to see how they react to the cold, because we've seen first hand that people don't realize that 0 degrees is colder than standing in a freezer. However being that this movie was filmed in Canada vs. in New Ulm itself it was kind of dissapointing. New Ulm is a beautiful town, and this movie showed buildings that were real dull compared to the real thing. I rated it overall as a 2, mainly on the fact that I felt that it made fun of MN people. We don't talk funny, make pudding all the time, and scrap-book like crazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I though the movie went along at a pretty fast clip and didn't drag for me. I especially liked Harry Connick Jr.'s role and performance although Renee Zellweger was fine. Some of the scenery in the movie was very appealing to look at. All in all a pleasant escape movie that has a good ending.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Hilarious costumes and culture shock, right at the start make for a fun-n-y comedy. *Great entertainment. *Funny moments. *Inspiring & uplifting. *Encourages you to overcome obstacles and hindrances. *Helps you to focus on the fact that people are humans and they have feelings just as you do. *Wonderful acting by Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick, Jr. Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frances Conroy, and J.K. Simmons. *A Minnesota fairy tale. New In Town was a fun movie. If you like trying new adventures, you may want to try this next DVD titled "Whip It!" Here is a review for it: Derby Divas. The movie "Whip It!" from 2009: anger & aggression are encouraged, and violence is a past-time for these "wild women." Drew Barrymore and the crew are absolutely "crazy" and out-of-control. *Mayhem and destruction are the norm, this DVD is a riot! Once you get passed the violence, inappropriate language & behavior it is a laugh-out-loud (LOL!) adventure. * Great storyline and entertaining character development.
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