New In Town

First and foremost, anyone who knows about the overuse of the Papyrus font would want to gouge their eyes out when the beginning titles of “New in Town” blink on the screen.

Thankfully, the film’s plot made up for the typography cliché. With perfect connections between Minnesotan accents and the effects of sub-zero temperatures on a Miami-based CEO and fashion queen, the film had no room for ubiquitous, love-story plots.

As much as I do love the ever-present female journalist as the main character – such as in “Bridget Jones Diary” – I was happy to find out that Renee Zellweger did not take on that role again and played a more assertive character. The one thing I could not figure out is if she had cheek implants. Maybe I’m just dreaming.

Granted I’ve only seen Harry Connick Jr. in “P.S. I Love You,” but his niche is the less serious roles. I look at him the same way I look at Brendan Fraser: I do not take them seriously.

The Minnesotan sub-culture is foreign to Floridians. I guess if you live in Minnesota, you either embrace the outdoors or you stay inside and find other things to do. Baking too much and scrapbooking aren’t exactly as weird as the film portrays – a lot of Americans do both. The film inflicted stereotypes but nevertheless the character’s accents kept the audience entertained.

The theme of small-town America is the ground in which this film can stand firm upon. The small Minnesota town relies on one large factory which supplies the livelihood for pretty much the entire town whereas Zellweger’s character can get any job she wants.

This film teaches the general public that not only does America need smaller businesses, but smaller businesses need America to support small-town life.

The love story between Zellweger and Connick Jr helps the plot too. As much as Zellweger is ruthless and selfish, her love for Connick Jr. helps her character evolve into a better person and ultimately she saves the town. How’s that for showing someone you really love them?

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