Cold Blast for New in Town's Harry Connick, Jr.
01.30.09 by REELZ
Harry Connick, Jr. plays union rep. Ted Mitchell in the romantic comedy New in Town. In a familiar story arc, he's Renee Zellweger's primary foe at the start and the man of her dreams by the closing credits.
While the movie is set in Minnesota, it was shot in Winnipeg. "Now that makes Minnesota look like the Caribbean!" Connick said. "You know, I've been to Minnesota -- I was there a month ago and crazy snow and everything -- [but] nothing like that Canadian arctic cold where you can't even hardly blink." Not surprisingly, much of New in Town's plot revolves around the frigid temperatures. "The weather, itself, was the funniest character in the whole movie because it was debilitating," Connick says.
And, unfortunately, it's looking like Connick may be right. New in Town has scored a frighteningly low 13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, one critic said it lacked "the bare-knuckled realism" of the Doris Day flick The Pajama Game. Brrrr.
Fans may want to skip the movie and head to our interview with Harry Connick, Jr. instead.