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Something New (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Sanaa Lathan , Simon Baker , Sanaa Hamri  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps, Donald Faison, K.C. Clyde
  • Directors: Sanaa Hamri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3UA5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Something New (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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    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-spirited 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.

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    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie July 30, 2007
    I am a white/Italian man newly married to a super black woman. We are both in our 40's and working professionals. We went to see this movie when it came out in the theaters, and then purchased the DVD when it came out. We both enjoyed the movie very much, I guess for obvious reasons. It's a positive and uplifting movie. There simply are not many movies that realistically try to present relationships involving a black woman and a white man---especially this movie which comes at you from the woman's perspective.

    Although not perfect, the movie did a very good job portraying the hesitation, uncertainty, obstacles, unknown, pain, awkwardness, and yes, passion, excitement and humor, involved with inter-racial relationships. Both leading characters were very likeable and believable. (Who said Sanaa Lathan is not attractive and talented--you've got to be kidding??) Brian and Kenya's first meeting at Starbucks is priceless. You also just have to smile and laugh at the scenes involving Brian/Kenya and her hair---white men really don't know anything about black women and their hair!!

    For me, one of the most telling scenes in the movie is when Brian and Kenya are arguing in the supermarket, and Brain states he does not want to "talk about race" that night. Kenya responds that "race" is something black people are forced to deal with every day and every night. This is something I did not appreciate as a white person until I married a black woman. When you are a black "minority" woman in a predominately white male world, you're forced to deal with race everyday, whether you want to or not. I have found this to be true with my own wife. Race is always something we are ready to talk about or deal with--but it does not dictate or drive our relationship/marriage.
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    40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    "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.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely "Something" worth seeing! July 5, 2006
    I would hardly classify myself as a hopeless romantic, but I nevertheless really enjoyed this movie. This is the type of movie I wish "Guess Who" had been when it came out a few years ago. While "Guess Who" played the race card strictly for (forced) laughs, "Something New" delivers a message that touches upon, but ultimately goes beyond, race. Interestingly, some of the personal attacks that appear in a few negative comments on Amazon, demonstrate why Something New's message of openness, living and loving "outside of the box," is still so current and very much needed in our society. Generalized (and inaccurate) statements regarding white men's supposed lack-of-interest in black women, and classifying Tony Award-nominated thespian Sanaa Lathan as a "B-movie" actress, demonstrate that, unfortunately, the pre-conceived notions and stereotypes that Something new addresses are still very much alive and well. As a white woman, I am sure that I am not alone when I say that Hollywood is in desperate need of more movies like Something New.

    Fortunately, like myself, the majority of professional and audience critics recognized this movie for the gem that it is. Sanaa Lathan has such magnetism that you can't take your eyes off her on screen. Not only is she obviously beautiful to look at, but she has an inherent screen presence rarely seen in actresses nowadays, of any race. Simon Baker is ridiculously handsome in grungy jeans and tee-shirts, and, instead of playing Brian purely as eye-candy, turns the leading man into a multi-dimensional character with flaws just like the rest of us (check out the break-up scene in the grocery store). And, as usual, Alfre Woodard effortlessly nails the role of Kenya's insufferable mother.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Aglovixen
    This is another great viewing movie with Simon Baker, good writing and acting, I recommend it!
    Published 11 hours ago by O. Moreno
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    Cute movie. This storyline spoke to me since I'm an Accountant. Loved it!
    Published 1 day ago by Jamtastic
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    Funny and great movie!
    Published 1 day ago by Queenbee
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Something New with Simon Baker
    Really like this [opposite of] Cinderella story. Have watched it twice. Good purchase. Amazon as usual came through. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Janice A. Seals
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just accept yourself.
    A good movie about a woman more concerned with appearances than about what her heart tells her. She has a corporate job and finds herself attracted to a man who is a landscaper. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by cjs
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
    Overall, very endearing. I adore both Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker, but I wasn't completely feeling their connection in terms of on-screen chemistry. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Candise Miller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Came Knocking when you least expected.
    Very good movie which shows what you think you need may not be the thing for you and they may a very good on screen couple
    she is a very beautiful woman and he was very... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by traylee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Baker
    I would would watch anything with Simon Baker in it, he is absolutely fine!, talented, and can take on many different personas. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Milagros Crespo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie1
    I really enjoyed all the actors in the movie especially Simon Baker. What an incredibly handsome man.WOW!WOW! WOW! Very enjoyable movie.
    Published 1 month ago by karin hubah
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