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 »d Brian Kelly (Simon Baker). But when her ideal man (Blair Underwood) arrives on the scene, Kenya must decide between the relationship everyone expects and the romance no one expected.« less
Dawn S. from LITTLE ROCK, AR Reviewed on 1/31/2010...
This was a great movie.
Alice H. (singlegalkansas) from TOPEKA, KS Reviewed on 10/24/2009...
I really liked this movie. As a white female I wasn't sure this film would find a place in my collection but it did because it showed that love isn't about race its about more than that. I really liked it and love the romance between Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker!
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."
Following Your Heart: Something Old and Something New
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 05/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SOMETHING NEW is one of those films that many will pass by thinking it is just another Chick Flick with a twist. Well, this little movie may be a romantic comedy but it is well written (Kriss Turner), well directed (Sanaa Hamri), and very well acted and has some down to earth important observations about interpersonal relationships...and, oh yes, it deal with interracial issues, beautifully!
Kenya (Sanaa Lathan - Best Man, Blade, The Wood, etc) is a beautiful Type A personality, an overachiever who is up for Partner in her Accounting Firm: she has no time to search for IMB (Important Black Man) as her list of qualifications is far too extensive. Her fellow professional girlfriends (Wendy Raquel Robinson, Golden Brooks and Taraji P. Henson - all superb!) encourage her to date to 'go with the flow' and a fellow business associate sets her up with a blind date - the very handsome, hunky, landscape architect Brian Kelly (Simon Baker - superb actor from Tasmania, Australia has starred in LA Confidential, Book of Love, The Ring Two, The Affair of the Necklace etc) - and despite the fact that Kenya refuses to consider dating any man who is not black, she does accept Brian's card and in no time hires him to landscape her new home.
The usual dating events occur: Simon is an educated, laid-back, tender, thoughtful, adventuresome male who happens to fall in love with the closely guarded Kenya; when introduced at parties Simon falls victim to prejudice form black men AND form Kenya's parents; Kenya gradually succumbs to Brian's charms and despite all misgivings they begin an affair. But peer pressures, work demands, and Kenya's self doubt jumble matters and she decides she must search for a black man. One 'just happens' to appear as Mark (Blair Underwood) and for a moment Kenya believes she has found her ideal - until her heart speaks up and she for the first time is honest with her emotions and follows her true heart's desire.
The apparent disparity between Kenya and Brian is handled in a sensitive and realistic way and Lathan and Baker have a sizzling screen chemistry. The supporting roles are in excellent hands: in addition to those mentioned above there are fine roles by Alfre Woodward, Earl Billings, Donald Faison, Mike Epps etc. This is a fine little film that approaches the touchy subject of black professional women who are unmarried ('42.4 Percent' was the working title) and for once shows an interracial film that is more a sound love story than a sermon. It is light, airy, important, and thoroughly entertaining! (This coming from a viewer who doesn't particularly care for Chick Flicks....!). Grady Harp, May 06 "
I can't get enough of Something New
Ticia | Newark, NJ | 04/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have never seen a love story told like this. Simon Baker is FINE AS HELL and Sanaa Lathan is gorgeous. That's a given. Forget the fact that Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) is black and Brian Kelly (Simon Baker) is white. It is a profound story about being open to love, no matter where it comes from. I caught "Something New" in the theaters but couldn't wait until it was officially released on DVD. Yes I bought it bootleg. I watch it everyday sometimes skipping to the love scenes that are so tender it's hard to believe Sanaa and Simon don't have something going on in real life. I know, I know. He's married with 3 kids. AARRGGHH!! But I will most definitely be buying it when it's officially released so I won't miss out on any of the outtakes, deleted scenes, and special features. Even the Jill Scott song played at the end of the film will be my wedding song. This movie will forever be a permanent fixture in my library and my life."