Friday, November 28, 2008

Renée Zellweger comes to Minnesota

Minnesotans, prepare to become the land of Northern baffonery once again in New in Town. Danish director Jonas Elmer sends Miami corporate consultant Lucy Hill (played by Renée Zellweger) to "a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a manufacturing plant." Although this nowhere town seems to be New Ulm (about 50 miles southwest of the Twin Cities) the name given to the horrid backwards place in the trailer is simply Minnesota.

New in Town looks to capitalize on the quaint rituals of us Northern folks with exaggerated accents and lots of ice fishing. The film looks about as predictable as they get, as plucky city girl slowly warms to the charms of nowhere Minnesota (and Harry Connick Jr.) I can't take the good natured jokes too seriously, because, well, let's face it, the winter culture we have up here is kinda funny. That being said, I saw the trailer for the first time today and it looks to be a dog of a romantic comedy that few will be convinced to see, except us Minnesotans of course.

Before you flock to the film to see familiar places, be forewarned that the film makers did not have the decency to mock us in our own habitat. The film was shot in Winnipeg. That is not very nice.

Check out the trailer below:


5 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

I wouldn't see it anyway. Renee Zellweger makes my skin crawl. When she smiles, she looks like she smells something bad.

Kathie Smith said...

That is particularly true in the trailer when she turns turns and says "Minnesota?1??" as if they had just said she was going to Mars!

Daniel Getahun said...

Wow. This is literally the first I've heard of it.

Sandy is exactly right about Zellweger's facial expressions.

What can I say, I'll have to see only so I can post a review in defense of our place of residence. We can't let Jonas Elmer win!

Kathie Smith said...

If going to see Australia wasn't bad enough, I had to see this trailer before the film. It was the first I had heard of it as well. (Obviously, we would have heard of it had they shot it here.) The people in the audience only let out some nervous laughs during the trailer...not a good sign.

Daniel Getahun said...

Yeah, Australia WAS bad enough...