new in town
the year: 2009
the genre: comedy
the cast: Renee Zellweger (Lucy Hill); Harry Connick Jr. (Ted Mitchell); Siobhan Fallon (Blanche Gunderson); J.K. Simmons (Stu Kopenhafer); Frances Conroy (Trudy Van Uuden
the plot: A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she's ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she's forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town.
don't miss: the quilt the townsladies give to Lucy.
listen for: "How about polka? It's got something for everybody!"
did you know: Renée Zellweger said Winnipeg was so cold during filming (as low as -55° C), the camera could only run for up to 1 minute per take, to prevent the heat generated by the camera's electric motor from cracking the icy lens.
extra bonus points: if you also celebrate Gopher Day.
also listen for: "I think what your father meant to say is go and have a good time." "That is so not what I meant at all."