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New in Town (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run Time 97 minutes.
Charmingly directed by the Danish Jonas Elmer,
Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is an ambitious corporate VP who is assigned
to try to get a plant in a small
Minnesota town back to
profitability. After a dismal introduction, she starts a friendship with
the local union boss, Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick, Jr.). Her secretary,
Blanche Gunderson (Siobhan Fallon Hogan) is the most appealing character
in the film. J.K Simmons gives another delightful performance as the
laborer’s leader, Stu Kopenhafer. Hogan and Simmons speak in accents that
are enchantingly reminiscent of William H. Macy and Frances McDormand in “Fargo”
The only people who don’t like simple, feel good
movies like this are critics, and they have been nearly unanimous in
castigating it (18% on Rottentomatoes). But critics often get the disease
that if a movie is entertaining there must be something wrong with it.
This is nothing you haven’t seen before, and it
is certainly formulaic. But most stories follow similar lines, so to
condemn this as being derivative prompts the response, “Name me a film
that isn’t derivative.”
Derivative or not, I enjoyed it.
February 4, 2009