Mr. Movie

'New in Town' not new, but not bad

Renee Zellweger plays a corporate climber exiled to small town Minnesota to manage the dismantling of one of the firm’s non-producers. She clashes immediately with and is also instantly attracted to a union boss played by Harry Connick Jr.

In TV movie of the week fashion, she falls in love with the small town, Zellweger and Connick’s characters fall in love, share some laughs, her real purpose is discovered, shame and redemption follow and everyone lives happily ever after.

You expect no less.

Zellweger rarely has good chemistry with her male co-stars, but she and Connick click. You’ll also love the comic relief of former -- and mostly unknown -- ex-Saturday Night Live star Siobhan Fallon as Zellweger’s secretary Blanche.

There is nothing new about New in Town. It is as formula as they come. However, not all formula is bad. When a plot lacks surprises, the trip through the alphabet from A to Z is what makes or breaks the movie. It zips through in fine fashion.

New in Town is pretty basic. But it’s also basically funny and -- at times -- quite charming.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, Jan. 30 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.