New in Town

January 30th, 2009


New in Town

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A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.4/10 (9,615 voted)

Critic's Score: 29/100

Director: Jonas Elmer

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon

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.

Writers: Ken Rance, C. Jay Cox

Renée Zellweger - Lucy Hill
Harry Connick Jr. - Ted Mitchell
Siobhan Fallon - Blanche Gunderson (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)
J.K. Simmons - Stu Kopenhafer
Mike O'Brien - Lars Ulstead
Frances Conroy - Trudy Van Uuden
Ferron Guerreiro - Bobbie Mitchell
Barbara James Smith - Joan
James Durham - Rob Deitmar
Robert Small - Donald Arling
Wayne Nicklas - Harve Gunderson
Hilary Carroll - Kimberley
Nancy Drake - Flo
Stewart J. Zully - Wallace Miller (as Stewart Zully)
Marilyn Boyle - Winnie

Taglines: She's an executive on the move. But her career is taking her a little farther than she expected.


Official Website: Lionsgate [United States] |

Release Date: 30 January 2009

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,741,530 (USA) (1 February 2009) (1941 Screens)

Gross: $24,970,613 (Worldwide) (3 May 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the trailer, Lucy loses control while driving on the ice lake, hitting several ice huts. The scene doesn't appear in the film.

Errors in geography: New Ulm is not "a few miles down the road" from the Mayo Clinic; it's over 100 miles away. Minneapolis and St. Paul are larger and closer to the Clinic.

Blanche Gunderson: And that's okay? It's okay to pull the rug out from under folks as long as it's nobody that you know? It's okay because we're just silly podunk Minnesotans, right? We talk funny and we ice-fish and we scrapbook and we drag Jesus into regular conversation. We're not cool like you, right? So we don't matter.

User Review

Entertaining and full of "inside jokes" only those from the frozen tundra will get

Rating: 8/10

My daughter and I really enjoyed this film. We weren't expecting much, but were pleasantly surprised by the humorous take on Minnesota life. Yes, the accents are overdone and no, it isn't really 10 degrees below zero from November thru April here in Minnesota, but those exaggerations aside, it did hit on many "traditions" like meatloaf, polka music, hunting, blizzards, and ice fishing. If you are from Minnesota, Wisconsin or North Dakota, you will most likely understand all of the one-liners and euphemisms. If you haven't experienced life in the frozen tundra of the upper Midwest, this movie will probably not make sense to you. Also, the actors in this film seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves. I can't recall ever noticing that in any other movie I've seen. It just seemed very genuine and sincere to me.


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