This is Ron Salfen, “At The
Movies,” and here’s my commentary on a film opening today at The
Majestic Theater in Greenville :
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.
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