Excerpt: It takes a whole lot of chutzpah, and a real lack of imagination, to make a movie like New In Town in 2009. Director Jonas Elmer uses one of comedy's oldest tropes, the fish out of water, and pairs it with story of a driven, confident career woman who really only needs a man in her life, plus an appreciation for fine home-cooking.
Excerpt: The past few months have given us Kate Hudson as a domineering legal barracuda with power bangs ( Bride Wars ), Meg Ryan as a hard-charging, cynical movie executive ( The Deal on DVD), and now adorable Renée Zellweger as a ruthlessly ambitious junior achiever coldly maneuvering her way up the corporate ladder in the perfectly mediocre new comedy-drama New In Town . Carol Kane may achieve her life's dream of playing Leni Riefenstahl yet.
Conclusion: Mostly sweet and well-paced but also terribly predictable and generally unoriginal, New in Town nevertheless manages to walk the fine line between "worthwhile" and "meaningless" with precision. With infectiously funny dialogue, solid performances all-around, and a suitably well-developed romance, New in Town makes for a quality outing that probably won't crack most genre fan's top ten lists but likely won't disappoint too many of its target audience, either.