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New in Town

Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr

Lucy, played by Zellweger, is working her way up the corporate ladder in Miami. But she is shipped off to a little town in Minnesota to streamline a small manufacturing plant.  This slick, city chick isn’t popular when word gets out that she has to downsize the company. So Lucy tries to escape both the cold and the bad situation she’s in. But the friendly townsfolk bring her back, and she is eventually drawn to their hospitality and kindness.

Lucy has no time for a love life, so when she begins a relationship with Ted  (Harry Connick Jr with an awful beard), she has to make the hard choices between work and love.

The plot here is fairly typical, but the story moves along at quite a good pace, the comic characters are endearing, you get a few laughs, victory goes to the workers, and Harry Connick Jr shaves in the end!  New in Town is a classic romantic comedy with few surprises, a terrific supporting cast, and a happy ending.

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Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason

Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

Here is the follow up to Bridget Jones’s Diary. If you like the first movie, you will undoubtedly like the second because it still sports Renee, Colin and Hugh in the same roles. It’s not quite as good as the first, but it is still a classic rom com beauty.

Bridget is back and this time in a relationship. Now she has to to negotiate her way through the trials and tribulations of having a love life. All is going well until that bad boy comes back into her life. Again, which one will she chose?

She has to find strength within herself to handle the situation she gets into in Thailand – there are some terribly funny scenes in this part. Renee is delightful as the gorgeous and slightly accident-prone Bridget.

This sequel doesn’t follow the book as closely as the first movie does. I think I like the story line in the book better than the film’s narrative. Nevertheless, it’s still a charmer and so is Bridget.

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

Based on the Helen Fielding novel of the same name, Bridget Jones’s Diary is a classic classic classic rom com and one of my favourites.

Renee plays Bridget Jones, a (supposedly) slightly overweight, single, career woman in her thirties looking for love. The story is told through Bridget’s narrative, as written in her diary.  It’s in her diary that she daily monitors her drinking, smoking, and weight, knowing these are the areas in her life that need monitoring (and improvement).

She has three best friends (all single) who form her support network. I do love movies with a group of friends you can call on anytime. And she does need to call on them as there are times when she gets her heart broken.  But when necessary, she has the strength to take control of her life.

Bridget has two men in her life – her boss (who becomes her ex-boss) played by the dishy Hugh Grant; and a family friend’s son played by the even dishier Colin Firth. One is a bad boy and one is a goody two-shoes. So who will she chose, or who will chose her?

Bridget may have been looking for love, but she learnt how much to value herself and not be taken for granted. I can watch this movie any time. It’s a charmer and so is Bridget.

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I found this 2008 movie at the library and thought I’d better add it to the list.

Zellweger plays Lexie Littleton, a hot-shot journalist on the Chicago Tribune in the 1920s. She meets Dodge Connelly (Clooney) when he comes to town on special business – to take professional football and his struggling team to the next level. Connelly organises a deal to have the young war hero and ex-college player, Carter Rutherford (Krasinski), play for the Duluth Bulldogs.

Lexie goes along on tour with the team in order to investigate Carter’s war story. Is he really a hero, or is it all a sham?

As Lexie gets to know both men, you wonder who it is that she’ll fall for – will it be Dodge who’s nearing the end of his career, or the young show-stopper Carter, who’s at the beginning of his?

I quite enjoyed the historical aspects of this film, the beginnings of professional football. But I’m not a great fan of women being plonked into a film as the ‘love interest’. Although Zellweger did a great job as the sassy professional woman, there wasn’t a lot to engage with, and I didn’t think it was a particularly great film for Clooney. I was so non-plussed about this flick that I can’t even decide whether I liked it or not.