Thursday Movie Picks: New to the City

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week we talk about some new to the city stories!

#1 Coyote Ugly

I don’t know what possessed me to do that but I recently rewatched Coyote Ugly. Man, that movie is cringy in so many regards but it is a perfect fit for the theme!

#2 Moulin Rouge

This might not be the first film that comes to mind, but the story begins with Ewan McGregor moving to the artists’ quarter of Paris where he makes some new acquaintances and ends up falling in love!

#3 Coming to America

I still have not seen the sequel and it’s been probably 15 years since I last saw the original film. But when I read the topic for this week, this was the first movie that popped into my head. An African Prince who travels to America for the very first time is not just new in town but new in the country and even new on the continent!

What’s your favorite film with a new in town story? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: New to the City

  1. Coming to America is imperfect but amusing and often sweet and Murphy’s performance makes up for a lot of the script’s shortcomings.

    Moulin Rouge has a great, sumptuous look and Ewan McGregor is always worth seeing but Kidman’s appeal has always eluded me and continued to do so here.

    We match on Coyote Ugly which I agree isn’t a mess of a film but it does fit very well.

    Aside from our match I picked a wild pre-code and a rather silly but enormously popular musical.

    Baby Face (1933)-Lily Powers (Barbara Stanwyck) is being pimped out by her scumbag father (Robert Barrat) in his grimy small time Pennsylvania speakeasy. When he’s killed by a still explosion Lily, along with friend Chico (Theresa Harris), jumps on a freight train to New York City. Espying a woman emerging from a tall office building in furs Lily decides that’s where opportunity lies and gets a secretarial job by screwing the hiring manager. She proceeds to work her way up (illustrated by the camera panning up several floors of the building at intervals) using her horizontal skills until she’s the mistress of the head of the company. But there’s a price to pay! Originally there was no price, but the film was considered so salacious that along with several other (The Story of Temple Drake, Convention City (which was deemed so scandalous the studio destroyed ALL copies of the film) She Done Him Wrong, etc.) it caused a major clampdown of the Production Code and an alteration of this film’s finale.

    Footloose (1984)-Moving from Chicago to the small town of Beaumont teen Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) comes up against a real culture shock when he discovers that dancing and rock music are illegal thanks to the town’s close-minded preacher Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow). But with the help of his newfound friends Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and the rev’s daughter Ariel (Lori Singer) Ren is determined to rock this town back to life!

    Coyote Ugly (2000)-Having just turned 21 Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) moves to New York with hopes of becoming a songwriter. To get by she takes a job as a barmaid at the happening watering hole of the moment, Coyote Ugly. The “Coyotes” as the media refers to them perform outrageous antics while serving up drinks and Violet finds her dreams sidelined as she gets caught up in the whirl. Foolishly undemanding.

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  2. Coyote Ugly is popular this week but I have not seen it..maybe one day. I saw Moulin Rouge when it came out in theatres and it was very stunning visually and I liked some reworking of the popular songs but I prefer the Garbo version of Camille. Coming To America is perfect and fun.

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