New in Town


New in Town

Written by 
C. Jay Cox, Ken Rance

Director Jonas Elmer
Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick, Jr., Siobhan Fallon Hogan, J.K. Simmons, Frances Conroy

Category    Communication,Employee Engagement,Employee Retention,Enterpreneurship& Innovation,Goal Setting,Motivation& Recognition,Organizational Change,Organizational Culture,Talent Management,Team Building      





Language English
97 min

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In this movie, Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger) is a Miami executive who dreams of becoming the CEO of a business firm. When she is presented with the opportunity to restructure a manufacturing plant in Minnesota, Lucy accepts believing that the big promotion is close. What she did not know was that her new adventure will turned out to be a life changing experience. What begins as a straight forward job assignment becomes a life changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life. Unaware of the cultural differences, Lucy keeps a professional attitude and deals with each situation with the same way she managed things in Miami. Lucy embarks in difficult situations with her Secretary Blanche Gunderson (Siobhan Fallon), Union representative Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick Jr.), and the bad-tempered factory foreman Stu Kopenhafer (J.K. Simmons). She soon realizes that things work differently in Minnesota and tries to adapt to the new environment.

Lucy starts to connect with the employees and uses her emotional intelligence to win the trust of the people of the town. She attends social events and gatherings and changes her dress code and habits. She realizes that a warmer approach works better in the snowy Midwest and she soon becomes a part of the Minnesota plant family.

While things seem to work great, Lucy is ordered to close down the plant. She then reconsiders her goals and priorities and finds a way to avoid layoffs and save the factory, consequently the whole town. After tasting her secretary's secret recipe of tapioca pudding, Lucy decides to adapt a former yogurt production line to produce this special pudding. A part of her effort was to create strategic partnerships by bringing people who were influencing the community by her side. Will Lucy and the team manage to launch a new product that will save the plant and give the people the ownership of the factory?

Contributed by: Maria Georgiou