Something New

Directed By: Sanaa Hamri Starring: Simon Baker Sanaa Lathan

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Kenya denise mcqueen is a beautiful L.A. Career woman. She has yet to find her own partner and a fulfilling personal life. When she agrees to a blind date with brian, he's not exactly what she'd pictured for herself. Ultimately, kenya has to decide for herself and follow her heart - no matter where it takes her.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 202472307
UPC 025192886621
UPC 14 00025192886621
Format DVD
Release Date 5/13/2008
Rating Rating
African Americans
Love Story
Love Triangle
Race Relations
Romantic Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Kenya (Sanaa Lathan) is a beautiful, successful lawyer with loving parents and a close-knit group of supportive friends--but, predictably, no love life to speak of. Out for drinks on Valentine's Day, she and her girlfriends lament the difficulty of finding the "ideal black man" (successful, educated, and attractive), and the point is driven home when a coworker sets Kenya up on a blind date with a successful, educated, and attractive landscape architect named Brian (Simon Baker)--who turns out to be, to her surprise and dismay, white. While Kenya at first tries to deny their obvious attraction, the two soon start a relationship; and though they have undeniable chemistry, cultures clash. ^The plot of SOMETHING NEW is not, in fact, actually new, combining many of the usual truisms of romantic comedies and interracial dramas. In fact, with his too-good-to-be-true personality (sensitive yet strong, working with his hands yet educated, determined yet patient), Brian is reminiscent of Sidney Poitier's John in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, a man so perfect that no critic could find anything to object to beyond his race. But top-to-bottom excellent performances from an extremely talented cast make the characters three-dimensional and save the movie from cliché. Lathan's radiant, skillful performance manages to display all of Kenya's many neuroses and flaws, even her occasional rudeness, without ever allowing her to become unlikable. The always excellent Earl Billings and Alfre Woodard bring real warmth and depth to the roles of Kenya's parents, and Donald Faison displays perfect comic timing as her playboy brother. Blair Underwood--as Brian's main competition--miraculously manages to make his attractive, suave character somewhat unappealing. The actors, working with Sanaa Hamri's sure-handed and inventive direction (in her feature film debut, no less), give the movie a lively spark and likeability that elevate it above its genre conventions.
New York Times "[R]eliably agreeable....The film is good news....It's a store-bought valentine with real heart." 02/03/2006 p.E1
Entertainment Weekly "There's an easygoing authenticity to Kenya and her world....Out of genre stereotype rut, SOMETHING NEW finds a way to exhale..." 02/10/2006 p.116
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]efreshing....Smarter than your average date movie." 01/01/2007 p.44
Sanaa Hamri
Simon Baker
Sanaa Lathan
Cast & Crew
Mike Epps - Star
Simon Baker - Star
Blair Underwood - Star
Sanaa Lathan - Star
Sanaa Hamri - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 28866
UPC 00025192886621
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced
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Video Format DVD

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