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. Written by
The pictures on Blanche's desk are photos of Siobhan Fallon Hogan's actual family. See more »
Shortly after Lucy announces she has arranged to buy the Munck Food facility in New Ulm being closed down to produce Blanches' tapioca pudding recipe and that the new company would be employee owned she turns to Ted (union rep) to discuss the need for future 'negotiations'. This is flirtation between Ted and Lucy about continuing their budding personal/sexual relationship, a joke between the two lead characters.Employee owned companies are by definition non-union. See more »
I may be a city girl, but I know how to start a fire. Where's the button?
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During the closing credits, we're shown what is supposed to be the completed version of the scrapper book that Siobhan Hogan's character gives to Renee' Zellweger's. Various stills from the movie are shown as pictures 'pasted' into the scrapbook, along with humorous tag lines on each (page). See more »
"NEW IN TOWN" Baby, it's COLD Outside (tho the story is warm) =
I found this film to be more ROMANTIC than comedy. RENEE ZELLWEGER plays an uptight, upwardly-mobile executive who's sent from Florida to revamp the food company's division in a small town in Minnesota. It's winter, she's massively unprepared for the weather, and people such as her assistant Blanche (SIOBHAN FALLON HOGAN) and Union rep Ted (played by HARRY CONNICK, JR.) work to try to help her acclimate to her surroundings and get along with the work force. The employees don't know what the company's overall plan is, and there are somewhat typical misunderstandings and machinations as she grows increasingly attached to the workers and tries to change the plans the headquarters has for the branch. It's fairly predictable, just mildly funny, but a generally warm-hearted diversion. In other words, it's effectively "Pleasant". I'd rate it a low 4 stars in that the acting is decent and it succeeds in its minor ambitions.
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