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Parents' Guide to

New in Town

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Formulaic romantic comedy has mostly mild content.

Movie PG 2009 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Hilarious but not for kids!

Do not follow the PG rating as appropriate. There are some rude scenes and rude talk that I would not want kids to watch or hear. It is a good film but please do not watch with your kids.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Don't take your kids

PG? More like PG-13

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Don't be surprised if you're overwhelmed by deja vu while watching NEW IN TOWN, because it isn't fresh at all, title notwithstanding. It resembles almost every other fish-out-of-water romantic comedy -- with a dash of Northern Exposure thrown in -- and doesn't do much to move the genre forward. Girl meets boy, who's her polar opposite. Girl hates boy, and vice versa. Girl and boy get to see each other's tender side via predictable plot point. Girl and boy fall in love. Monkey wrench appears; relationship seems doomed. But, naturally, girl and boy work it out.

Still, despite its predictability, the film does have some charm. The cast gels well, thanks in no small part to the presence of veterans like Frances Conroy and J.K. Simmons. More importantly, the two leads do have strong chemistry, and Zellweger exudes such warmth that you can't help but like her. Or at least you can't help wanting to like her, even when she does patently foolish things -- wearing a suit jacket in the middle of a Minnesota winter, for instance -- that seem more like clichhd storytelling than anything else. New in Town isn't particularly revolutionary nor memorable, but it does get points for trying.

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