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New In Town

comedy, romance

Renée Zellweger stars as a career woman from Miami who gets transplanted to the Minnesota boondocks in this fish-out-of-water comedy.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Formulaic romantic comedy has mostly mild content.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this clichd romantic comedy has some charm but relies heavily on broad stereotypes -- the driven career woman who melts for the right guy, gee-whiz Midwesterners with Fargo accents, etc. -- for its humor. And its message is an unsurprising one about learning to appreciate more of life. Expect some relatively mild swearing (including "s--t"), a few scenes with drinking (including one in which the main character gets drunk), and some kissing and sexual innuendo (mentions of a woman's nipples and thong, for example), but no nudity or violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether it's OK to play stereotypes -- whether of people or locations -- for laughs. How does the movie portray women and people from small-town Minnesota? Is it accurate or exaggerated? Can you think of movies with stronger positive female role models? Families can also discuss why so many Hollywood romantic comedies are about opposites attracting. Do you think relationships like that are as frequent (and as successful) in real life?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 28
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Top Critic Reviews


- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, October 9, 2010


- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, September 17, 2010


- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Saturday, September 24, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It's a fish out of water story where the fish falls in love with the town and Harry Connick Jr. It was very cute.

- theylovealexis, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

3 stars

I enjoy this movie.. it was pretty funny but forgettable.

- citawijaya, Thursday, December 24, 2009

2 stars

This movie fell flat for me. Had some funny moments, but not enough to keep me interested the whole movie through. Although I did enjoy the acting of Harry Connick Jr. and J.K. Simmons. I thought they were very funny. I don't care for Renee Zellweger. I haven't liked anything from her since Jerry Mcguire. But, if you like bad romantic comedies then this is your kind of movie. But I would watch this just for some of the funny parts it does have, and for some of the acting.

- LWOODS04, Sunday, November 15, 2009