Saturday, May 30, 2009
New in Town
New in Town with Harry Connick, Jr. and Renee Zellweger, was exactly what I expected it to be. I watched it with Pam who would periodically tell me what was going to happen next, only to have it unfold just as she said. It was cute and sweet and funny in parts, relying on physical humor, and the idea of a highly competent corporate girl in Miami being completely out of her element and mostly incompetent in the ways of Minnesota. She was a gung ho girl, however and was willing to try to get out there and do what needed to be done to bond with the natives. What she thought would be all sewed up by Christmas took more like six months and by then, well, things had changed. A criticism--I've never been to New Ulm, but I'm pretty sure no one (well, maybe one person?) let alone a whole town speaks that way. These people were portrayed as caricatures rather than as people.It's one thing to give the viewer the flavor of the community, quite another to exaggerate it past recognition. This is a renter, if that. If you are in the mood for light predictable fare, this could be your two star movie.