Thursday Movie Picks: New to the City

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week’s theme is “New to the City“, which I kind of like? Often, although not always, it’s reminiscent of the “fish out of water” trope, which can be just a lot of fun, when done right. A lot of the time, I think this theme kind of holds the promise of someone wanting to fulfill their dreams and only thinking that’s possible in a larger city. I already have a couple movies coming to mind, so, without further ado, let’s get started!


I don’t know where exactly Ali lived before, but she sure wasn’t as prepared for Los Angeles as she would have liked to be. The movie definitely has some flaws, but I’ve watched it so many times and always enjoyed it. As far as movies with singers as leads go, this really isn’t half bad!

Coyote Ugly

When I first watched Burlesque, it actually reminded me a lot of Coyote Ugly, so it’s only right I put that movie on the list for this week as well. I do kind of wonder about what kinds of movies I watched as a kid and what I liked? Questionable taste? Maybe! I haven’t seen Coyote Ugly in a while, but from what I remember, I think it brought home some good points.

Cheaper by the Dozen

I’ve watched this so many times as a kid! I think as an only child, I sometimes glorified these big families, but I also always cried when they didn’t pay attention to Mark. Well, either way, they moved from a rural area, where they had more like a farm, to Chicago or something.

What are some movies that involve a move to the city? What did you think of my picks? Let’s talk about that!

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

  1. I’ve never heard about the thursday movie pics series, but THE IDEA IS AMAZING! I haven’t watched any of the ones you mentioned, but the trailer for Cheaper by the Dozen looks nice, will definitely check that one out! Thanks so much for the recs!


    • I started participating in Thursday Movie Picks last year and it’s been such a nice feature to have every week. I hope it continues in 2022, but I haven’t seen a new theme list yet. It’s a lot of fun though, so if you’re up for it, I can only recommend participating 🙂
      The movies were mostly a bit dated and I’m sure some are pretty cringe by now haha but I have good memories of them regardless. Cheaper by the Dozen is just such a nice family film. I hope you enjoy it, if you end up watching it and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!


  2. Oh man, Coyote Ugly. That was my favorite as a tween. I never did see the other two, but I think either Jaime French or KennieJD did a bad movie review of Burlesque so I feel like I’ve seen it because of that.

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    • I have those weird moments where I just NEED to watch Burlesque at 2AM in the morning and sing along to the songs at the sheer dismay of my neighbors. It’s really not all that as far as movies go, but I kind of love it haha


  3. Oh a sort of theme within the theme! Love those!

    Burlesque is rather hit and miss but Cher makes it endurable.

    I liked the original 50’s version of Cheaper by the Dozen with Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb more than this one but this one was okay. I’ve never watched it again after that first time though.

    We match! Coyote Ugly isn’t much of a film but it does fit the theme very well and I like Adam Garcia.

    I struggled a bit with this except for my first pick which came to me right away. The other two aren’t films that I love but they weren’t terrible either.

    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.


    • I was thinking about Footloose as well, but then I wasn’t sure if it would fit the theme, because the move is from a city to a more rural area. I guess it’s just sort of a thing of interpretation.


  4. I may see Burlesque one day when it’s on TV and maybe Coyote Ugly. I have seen parts of Cheaper By The Dozen and it seems ok but I prefer the original with Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy.


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