Radio 01.30.09
 
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on a film opening today at The Majestic Theater in Greenville :
 
     New In Town” is an old story:  a fast-track corporate executive is sent to Podunk , U.S.A. , to take over the operations of an unprofitable factory, and lay off all the deadwood so the bottom line improves.  But when she arrives there, all business and clacking high heels and attitude, she’s not exactly received with warmth by the locals, who are wary of her for good reason.  She’s likely to fire them all.  Plus she’s a bit full of herself.  Not a winsome combination in a small town.
     Renee Zellwegger plays Lucy Hill, a single, thirty-something blonde with condescension as thick as the Minnesota accents of everyone around her.  She’s determined to prove to the big boys at corporate that she can do this on her own.  But she runs into a few unforeseen problems.  Like exchanging sharp words with a local at a social function, then finding out that he is the official union rep.  Like feeling the need to fire the foreman for insubordination, then dealing with the passive aggressive response of the rest of the workers.  Like starting to develop an affection for this tight-knit little community, strong and hardy pioneer-types who are not afraid spend hours ice-fishing in a wooden shack, or hunt crows, or schedule kitchen meetings to share scrapbooks and eat tapioca, or even to sing Christmas carols together in the town square.  Yes, there’s still some old-fashioned romance in The Heartland, and sure, it’s a bit syrupy, but it’s got some salt and vinegar, too, A family movie could do a lot worse than “happily ever after.”
 
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM