Friday, July 23, 2010

NEW IN TOWN

Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick, Jr, Siobhan Fallon, Frances McConroy


"She's an executive on the move.
But her career is taking her a little bit farther than she expected."


Star Movies




I was just thinking that it has been a while since I saw Renee Zellweger in a film and lo and behold I chance upon "New in Town" on Star Movies.

Here she portrays Lucy, an ambitious executive who is assigned to restructure a manufacturing plant in a small town. A sleepy lil town in Minnesota where temperatures are below zero, folks are simple minded and life moves at a slower and dare I say boring pace.

A perfect contrast to Lucy's technology laden, fast paced lifestyle in sunny Miami. Eventually, the outsider meets local union rep, Ted (Harry Connick, Jr) and they have a i.cant.stand.you relationship going from the get go. The film highlights the Minnesota lifestyle. From the town folks' accents to its small town customs and traditions all amidst a wintry wonderland setting.

In my opinion, Renee's face seemed a bit off. I don't know if it was the harsh winter weather effect or she was too botox-ed to convey natural face expressions. She had a convincing chemistry with Harry Connick, Jr who I admit was the only warm thing in the movie. There is a certain warm and fuzzy vibe that seems to emit from the noted jazz crooner.

But as predictable romantic comedies go, happy ending(s) abound. Boy and girl fall in love, girl saves plant from closing down and the entire town reaps the abundant rewards from the launch of a new product. So blah!

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