Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
Hypocrisy in the Church—“I would never be a Christian; they’re a bunch of hypocrites.”
|Featuring:||Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon Hogan, J.K. Simmons, Mike O'Brien, Frances Conroy, Ferron Guerreiro, James Durham, Robert Small, Wayne Nicklas, Hilary Carroll, Nancy Drake, Stewart Zully, Marilyn Boyle, Dan Augusta, Jimena Hoyos, Suzanne Coy, Ordena Stephens-Thompson, Devin McCracken, Leif Lynch, Adam Cronan, Tom Wahl, Christopher Read, Peter Jordan, Vanessa Kuzyk, Matt Kippen, Benjamin Beauchemin, Kristen Harris, Blane Cypurda|
|Producer:||Edmonds Entertainment Group, Epidemic Pictures, Gold Circle Films, The Safran Company, Paul Brooks, Tracey E. Edmonds, Phyllis Laing, Jeff Levine, Andrew Paquin, Peter Safran, Jonathan Shore, Darryl Taja, Dylan Tarason|
|Distributor:||Lions Gate Films / Gold Circle Films|
“She’s an executive on the move. But her career is taking her a little farther than she expected.”
Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is your average career girl. Designer shoes, clothes and handbags accessorize her busy life. With her upscale city apartment, her expensive car and her classy lifestyle, Lucy believes that her life represents her, well—expensive taste, for a girl on her way to the top. This is why, when sitting in a board room full of men who represent her company, Lucy finds herself volunteering for an assignment that no one else seems willing to take on. Her corporation’s Minnesota plant is to begin production of a new health product and Lucy’s job is to restructure the plant, decrease it’s employees by 50% and have it all running smoothly—as quickly as possible. With her hopeful eyes set on the possible prize of becoming Vice President, if she pulls it off, Lucy relocates from Miami to New Ulm in the dead of winter…
Immediately upon arriving in New Ulm Lucy meets Blanche (Siobhan Fallon), a quirky gal who specializes at making a top secret tapioca pudding, is an obsessive scrapbooker and has a knack for bringing Jesus up in even the most casual of conversations. It is Blanche’s attempts at playing cupid which first introduces Lucy and Ted (Harry Connick Jr.), two people who—on the surface—couldn’t be a worse match…
“New in Town” has heart. Typically, most comedy romances tend to lack genuine heart, and even though the basic formula for this film has been done time and time again, I felt that something about this movie really works. Its jokes aren’t new, its stereotyping isn’t at all ingenious or clever—and yet the audience delivered streams of laughter.
Overall, I am surprised to say that I really liked this film. It was touching and engaging. An plot line that somehow works, with a fantastic cast to boot. I recommend this film to those who love comedy/romance.
Violence: None / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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