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There’s a comfort-food satisfaction about a rom-com – if the actors in it are decent enough. Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. are decent enough, and “New in Town” (2009) is like a sweet bowl of tapioca. Supporting cast Siobhan Fallon Hogan and J.K. Simmons are more than decent enough and what is basically an empty-calories, color-by-numbers story (career-minded female executive is fish out of water at rural Minnesota food processing plant, what with the townsfolk’s Flyover Country ways and all, but everybody learns a little something about themselves, yada, yada, yada). Like scrapbooking and other hobbies, it’s time well wasted.

I was watching the idiotic “Bio-Dome” (1996), and I was worried. Idiot Pauly Shore’s idiot girlfriend was being played by an idiot Renee Zellweger. Or so it appeared. I tried to do the math. “Jerry Maguire” came out around the same time. Could she have filmed “Bio-Dome” when she was a nobody, and it was just released later? Soon, the credits rolled. It turns out idiot girlfriend was played by Joey Lauren Adams, who is merely Renee Zellweger’s idiot twin. Meanwhile, the movie, which involves science-related hijinks and idiot Stephen Baldwin, also stars the famed “dickless” from “Ghostbusters.” So there’s that.

Look, I’m not here to try to get you to like Keanu Reeves or Renee Zellweger if you think those two possess less acting ability than Captain Kirk and a blowup doll (“Star Trek” episode 36: The Inflated Ego). I’m just saying that I took a lazy attitude toward “The Whole Truth” (2016) and thought I had the whole courtroom thriller plot twist figured out in the first 20 minutes. Then I had my ass handed to me (“Star Trek” episode 28: Transporter Trouble). Metaphorically, that is. The movie is good at what it’s trying to be, which ain’t much.