‘New in Town’ a fun watch despite low ratings

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Renee Zellweger, who stars in “New in Town” at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Boh Suh, Staff Writer

Movie ratings can bring both positive and negative impacts on viewers. When the rating of a movie is low, potential viewers may decide to skip it, which saves them some time.

But what if the movie was actually good? The ratings are based on what other people think, which does not necessarily mean that everyone agrees on it.

I used to look at ratings and choose a movie based on the rating. I checked Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Google, and other ratings. Sometimes, I ended up watching a movie with low ratings, but then I had this mindset of “this movie will be bad,” which reduces the enjoyment of the movie.

Since then, I’ve tried not to look at ratings before watching a movie, and I have found pleasant surprises. The movie “New in Town” fits in this category. I did not look at the ratings, and I was glad that I did not because I actually enjoyed watching the movie. Again, my movie taste will be different from others.

The movie was released in 2009 and featured Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. The genre is romantic comedy. Zellweger did a fantastic job in a similar movie series, “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”

The basic storyline is that a career woman from Miami comes to New Ulm, Minnesota, for business. I googled where New Elm, Minnesota, is located, and it is about an hour and a half away from the Twin Cities. It was amusing how the movie portrayed the drastic lifestyles between the two places. She struggled at first in this new town, but she adjusted well and even found some love there.

Overall, the movie has good components of a romantic comedy movie. I definitely recommend the movie despite its low rating.

Rotten Tomato Rating: 27%

Rotten Tomato Audience Rating: 37%

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

*The ratings are based on 1/13/2021.