New in Town (12a)

Reviewed,Anthony Quinn
Friday 27 February 2009 01:00 GMT

Spare yourself. Renée Zellweger plays a hotshot executive relocating from Miami to Minnesota, where she's been deputed to downsize a manufacturing plant.

The town in which she's billetted could be Fargo – weird accents, snow storms, dead cold – but there any similarities with the Coen brothers end. Rene starts out in sniffy condescension before realising that the natives, and hunky Harry Connick Jr. in particular, are the salt of the earth. We then have to munch through a load of Capra-corn as she switches from corporate hatchet-woman to champion of local business. "You know, you're not so bad when you're unconscious," says Connick Jr of her. We could probably say the same of the scriptwriter.

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