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Something New (2006)

Director: Sanaa Hamri     Starring: Simon Baker Sanaa Lathan
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202472307
UPC: 025192886621
UPC 14: 00025192886621
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/13/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28866
Video UPC UPC: 00025192886621
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mike Epps
Video Cast Info Simon Baker
Video Cast Info Blair Underwood
Video Cast Info Sanaa Lathan
Video Cast Info Sanaa Hamri - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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