Film Review: New in Town

Published: Nov 28, 2009, 09:34 IST | Tushar Joshi

Lucy Hill (Renee) is a career-oriented woman who's sent to the small town of New Ulm to spruce up a manufacturing plant

New in Town
u; romcom
Dir: Jonas Elmer
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr, J K Simmons
H 1/2



What's it about: Lucy Hill (Renee) is a career-oriented woman who's sent to the small town of New Ulm to spruce up a manufacturing plant. Thrown into an alien environment and people who don't wear the same clothes as her and talk in different accents, she soon finds herself absorbed in their life and culture. She soon has a change of heart about her purpose when she bumps into a single dad and widower (Harry).

What's hot: There are moments when Renee's character oozes out the right amount of warmth and likeability required. For those who enjoy clean, non offensive old-school humour and wit, there are plenty scenes that will cater to your taste.

What's not: Most of the time the characters are dripping with an overdose of sugar syrup reeking the smell of perfectly baked pies. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in a Wisteria Lane where values and traditions are still intact comes off as being unbelievable. There is hardly any chemistry between Renee and Connick Jr. The two take to their roles as if performing one-act plays. It's a lazy romantic comedy that comforts itself into a cocoon made of cliches and banal interactions between the leads. Zellweger seriously needs to shake up a few things. With the choices she's been making in the last few years, she might just be bumped off the radar soon.

What to do: A forgettable fare, this one makes no attempt to engage you in wit or romance.

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