New in Town
A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town’s charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she’s ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she’s forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town.
Renée Zellweger is funny in this movie as she plays a corporate executive named Lucy. When she travels to Minnesota to begin restructuring a plant with lay-offs she experiences a rude awakening. She winds up in a place that is very different from what she is used to in Miami, Florida. At the airport, she casually walks outside into the bitter cold with her luggage and shouts and turns around and runs back inside. She didn’t see that kind of cold coming!
This film has some heartwarming scenes including the ladies of the community doing nice things for her such as making her homemade Valentine’s Day cards and helping arrange an apartment for her. She also attends an outdoor Christmas caroling event, holding a candle and gazing at a huge decorated Christmas tree as the community sings “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”. She even finds romance and begins to realize that the community has a charm to it that she likes very much. When the word comes down from her employer to begin shutting down the plant, she instead comes up with a plan to save it. The themes of community spirit and perseverance are nice themes in the movie.
Unfortunately, there is strong language used in the film and one joke in the beginning about Jesus may turn off a few viewers although the character apologizes. There are some sexual innuendos included. This is not one for the entire family. We are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.