‘New in Town,’ the 2009 romantic comedy starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr., isn’t what you’d call a spectacular movie. It’s a fairly generic rom-com where a city girl travels from sunny Miami to snowy Minnesota to begin the process of shutting down a corporate factory. You know in the first five minutes how it’s all going to end.
But about this time of year, I start craving snowy movies, and this one has plenty of the white stuff, from her first blast outside the Minnesota airport to her near-tragic incident with a cow, a car, and an icy road.
And since I live in snowy, farm-country Michigan, I know people like the Minnesotans in the movie, and I’ve experienced a few of my own icy road incidents, probably even some involving a cow.
Next up will probably be ‘Fargo,’ though I could do without the wood-chipper scene. Other favorite snowy movies include ‘Dr. Zhivago’ (the ice room!), ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,’ and ‘The Gold Rush,’ the 1925 classic featuring Charlie Chaplin’s trip to frozen Alaska (he did all his own stunts!). Here are three others…
‘The Empire Strikes Back’ – You know that scene where Han Solo fights to survive in the frigid wasteland? Hey, I’m all for cuddling up with someone you love on a wintery night. Just don’t slice them open to stay warm.
‘Groundhog Day’ – This romantic comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell is one of my favorites. You wouldn’t think they’d have all that much chemistry, but the scene where he carves the ice sculpture of her clinched it for me.
‘White Christmas’ – Christmas may be over for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch this happy movie all year long. As I’m writing this, playing in my head is the joyful snow song they sang on the train.
What are your favorite snowy movies?