VIDEO: The trailer for New In Town
In the teeth of the recession, this fluffy Renée Zellweger vehicle uncorks a fairy-tale panacea for the latest CNN economic update. Zellweger's Lucy Hill is a corporate ax in clingy skirts whose Miami consulting company sends her to frigid Minnesota to retool a food-processing plant and then lay off the Fargo-esque podunks. There, of course, the Hollywood magic kicks in: ice queen Lucy, having left the materialistic shine of South Florida, thaws out and discovers romance, which comes in the form of Harry Connick Jr.'s guarded union rep, Ted. T
he predictable squalls of melodrama and touching resolve flow like "poop through a tall Swede," as a random yokel puts it. Danish director Jonas Elmer doesn't quite understand romantic nuance, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan, as Lucy's tapioca-obsessed secretary, channels Frances McDormand to a T.