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New in Town

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This spotty “fish out of water” romantic comedy, directed by Denmark’s Jonas Elmer, is amiable and endearing, but ultimately lacks the imagination and cohesion to make it a success. The early scenes, in which Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger), an ambitious food-company executive in Miami, agrees to relocate to frigid New Ulm, Minnesota to oversee a factory conversion, have a nice indie-film quirkiness as Lucy experiences some icy culture shock. But while the movie has a strong beginning and a triumphant ending, it’s the stuff in the middle that’s lacking, even though Zellweger, less pinch-faced than usual but awfully pale for a Floridian, is effective as the exec in the powder-blue power suits who gradually lets her hair down. HH 1/2

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