NEW IN TOWN is directed by Jones Elmer and the cast includes: J.K. Simmons, Siobhan Fallon, Mike O'Brien and Wayne Nicklas.
At first, the story is very predictable, and at one point of time you will compare this film with any of our Bollywood movies made around 80’s or 90’s, but ofcourse in a new style.
Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger) is a very talented woman and always dreaming to become a Vice President of her Company. To show the President that she has the ability, she takes an assignment to restructure one of their small manufacturing plants in Minnesota. From the high life in Miami to the bitter cold, snow, and icy roads, Lucy must endure these hardships to succeed. At the first she should be friends with the people out there and especially with the workers. But Lucy is treated as an outsider when she arrives, and the locals give her a week before she leaves. Lucy is a fighter and wants to win. She meets Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick, Jr.) who is the union representative out there. At first, she has some conflicts with the workers, but soon they begin to accept her. However the new product line was not working and results, she was being ordered by her supervisors and investors to close the plant and fire everyone. However, she has a better idea of making money for the company and saving everybody's job.
'New In Town' is pretty much a typical romantic comedy set mostly in icy cold Minnesota. While the film has its charm and it is quite fun to watch mostly because of the humour; the romantic track between Ted and Lucy could have been a little more developed. Actually the entire story could have used more development because the film feels rushed.
At par one would definitely feel like this is a typical chick flick movie, where girl meets boy, she thinks he is a loser, and he thinks she is too. After a few disaster type dates which should have ended the whole thing, you guessed it, they get involved. Along the way, they save the company, and both become heroes.
What makes 'New In Town' worth the watch is the cast, particularly Renee Zellweger, J.K. Simmons and especially Siobhan Fallon. Frances Conroy has a small part but she makes you laugh with her limited screen time. Harry Connick Jr. has played similar roles before and he doesn't do a bad job. Renee Zellweger did a fine job of being the outsider in the small Minnesota town and getting them to accept her.
The scenes I liked most were those between Zellweger and Fallon. Those were some of the funniest and heartwarming sequences in the movie. Siobhan Fallon has been in numerous great movies but has received little recognition. Hope her shining presence gets her noticed. While Renee Zellweger proves that she is still lead actress material.
Even though you know how the story will end, you will still enjoy the movie. You will love listening to the Minnesota accents that were used, and seeing some of their customs.
Rating: 3 / 5 (Good for spending weekend night with your beloved)