Fast-track corporate exec Lucy Hill (Zellweger) is sent from big-city Miami to rural New Ulm, Minnesota to oversee the downsizing of her company's processing plant, a cornerstone of employment in the community. She arrives smack dab in the middle of the harsh "sotan" winter in fashionable coat and heels, giving the locals lots to laugh about (of course she knows how to make a fire in her rental house--where's the switch?). When the company's plans change, Lucy's career aspirations are at odds with her unexpected fondness for her new north country friends, particularly hunky widower dad Ted (Connick), the plant union rep and town's sole eligible bachelor. A fish-out-of-water formula flick with all the cliched Minnesota practical jokes, don'tcha know!
I personally laughed out loud many times watching this movie. The people are authentic, eccentric and lovabale. It's an ordinary small town in the middle of a very cold nowhere. Lucy finds out quick just what beyond frigid feels like. She begins as an unfeeling corporate executive, and ends up loving the people she came to give pink slips to. She has a choice to make and she does the right thing. Bravo! This movie will leave you feeling good.