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Something New (Widescreen Edition)
Something New
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps, Donald Faison, K.C. Clyde
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Genres: Comedy, Drama, African American Cinema
PG-13     2006     1hr 39min

Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) thought she had it all: a successful career, good friends and family. There was just one thing she didn't have under control: her love life. All that changes when she meets sexy, free-spirite...  more »

     

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Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps, Donald Faison, K.C. Clyde
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Genres: Comedy, Drama, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, African American Cinema
Studio: Focus Features
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 05/16/2006
Original Release Date: 01/29/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/29/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Deborah M. (deborahmm1) from WARREN, PA
Reviewed on 11/14/2013...
Pretty good look at how we all hold stereo-types about others, and how these judgments hold us back from potentially good relationships. The story-line is a bit fairy-talish, but pretty good overall.
Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 2/14/2011...
Very interesting approach to an old subject....great acting and script.
Karen D. from INDIAN TRAIL, NC
Reviewed on 10/26/2010...
My girls and I LOVE this movie! The casting is excellent, the story is interesting and it leaves you feeling good without being too easy. If you are a Simon Baker fan, this is a MUST SEE. But even if you aren't, if you like movies that have a little something to say while still being entertaining, check it out.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kensey L. (kensey2003) from GRANITE CITY, IL
Reviewed on 2/5/2010...
Love Simon Baker. So gorgeous with an infectious smile! Cute story and a happy ending. What's not to love?
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Realistic Storyline & Quality Acting!! - Finally, a movie fr
S. Watts | Los Angeles | 02/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE!!! Some of the reviews I've seen or read recently make it seem like this movie isn't of substance. That is simply not the case!! It doesn't pick on white people or any of that nonsense that I've read here. It deals with the real issues and feelings of today's single, educated, and accomplished black woman who just wants to be respected in the work place and loved, cherished and valued at home; truly and honestly loved for who SHE is!

This movie deals honestly and delicately with the REAL emotions a black woman may feel when she finds herself falling in love with a man that doesn't look like her or comes from a socioeconomic background different from hers. I appreciated the fact that this movie didn't gloss over those issues because in real interracial relationships, those issues are confronted head on, not ignored as if they don't exist. THIS MOVIE IS A WINNER & WORTH CHECKING OUT!!!

P.S.
Just because a black person is well educated and highly accomplished does NOT mean that she hasn't experienced racism or doesn't deal with it on a daily basis!! Being black doesn't suddenly disappear when one acquires success. I think this movie did a wonderful job at revealing this reality that many of us already know about all too well. I could completely relate to the main character's frustration with this."
Romantic Comedy with Some Social Insight. Good Date Movie.
mirasreviews | McLean, VA USA | 05/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Something New" is a romantic comedy with a social agenda. Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) is a workaholic investment banker with no time or patience for men. She yearns for companionship but has impossibly high -and very specific- standards. Urged by her friends to loosen up and "let go" of her concept of the ideal man, she agrees to a blind date arranged by a co-worker. If only the date were colorblind too. Kenya is set up with Brian Kelley (Simon Baker), a handsome, easy-going landscape architect who abandoned his corporate career to go into business doing what he loves. But Brian is white. Kenya is black. And white men are at the top of the list of things Kenya doesn't do. But she does need a landscaper for her new backyard. So she hires Brian, and their mutual attraction blossoms -to the variable horror and curiosity of Kenya's friends and family.

The moral of the story is that social conventions don't always know best in matters of the heart: You might find the companion you seek if you are open to other possibilities. Kenya and Brian's story is predictable, but Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker are attractive and interesting to watch. The greater social insight of the film may be in Kenya's coterie of friends, all upper-middle class professional black women who fret over the dearth of suitable black men available to them. Their predicament and their views of men and race are interesting from the perspective of an outsider. White members of the audience will doubt Brian's willingness to tolerate the enormous chip Kenya carries on her shoulder. And he is more tolerant and self-sacrificing in the face of Kenya's self-absorption than is believable. But romantic comedies require some suspension of disbelief, and "Something New" is entertaining.

The DVD (Universal 2006): In "The Do's and Don'ts of Dating" (5 min), 8 members of the cast give their do's and don'ts of dating and relationships. "The Making of Something New" (11 min) features interviews with director Sanaa Hamri, writer Kriss Turner, producer Stephanie Allain, and the cast in which they talk about making the film and discuss the film's themes. Subtitles are available for the film in English SDH, Spanish, and French."
Beautiful Love Story--Can't Wait for the DVD!!!!
Sidpayton | Woodbridge, Virginia United States | 02/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie certainly has sparked a great deal of dialogue on internet message boards--good and bad. Personally, I absolutely loved this film and have seen it more than once. Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker give very believeable and heartfelt performances of two people from different races and backgrounds falling in love. It is simply a joy to watch this love story unfold. I really enjoyed the supporting cast and especially the banter among her girlfriends. I look forward with great anticipation to the DVD release, and can only hope that Focus Features will include the deleted scenes."