Something New (Full Screen Edition)
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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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I bought this, and, I liked the fact that when I purchased it, it came with a free 24-hr rental of the digital copy.
After the movie was over, we had a very real discussion about race, especially since we have an age difference as well. He likes the movie, and the fact that the characters are complex. You will laugh, yell, and cry at the screen. He ended up crying at one part!
This is a great date night movie, don't sleep on it.
Kenya is somewhat of an uptight, highly successful and well-paid, professional woman who is setup on a blind date with landscape architect, Brian. She is dismayed to find that Brian is white.
The move portrays some of the issues that people in interracial relationships have to deal with, such as comments and attitudes from friends, family and society. But most importantly, it portrays how they choose to deal with those comments and attitudes. I thought, for the most part, that the issues were handled fairly well and examined in an entertaining, yet thought provoking manner.
The only thing I didn't like about the movie was Kenya's attitude toward race. I felt that someone with her educational and economic background should have built up much more of an immunity to the prejudices she has to face, especially in the workplace. Kenya seems to be a bit too sensitive. She was dismissive to Brian, almost to the point of rudeness, when she first met him, and was extremely uncomfortable just being seen with him in a public place on their blind date. Although she handles a situation superbly at work, she continues to let an incident, which she perceived to be racial affront, get under her skin. We all know racism still exists, and when there's a blatant egregious act, we sometimes need to take appropriate actions to deal with it, but for the other, more minor issues, most people, especially those in the professional workplace, have learned to give people the benefit of the doubt and not allow a few idiots to get to us. Also, there were a few scenes where she got disproportionately upset with Brian because he asked about her hair. There's also another scene where she gets caught in the rain, and screams, "My hair!" while trying to run for cover ... really.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and found it entertaining. Other than some of Kenya's reactions, the movie didn't try to hard to be about an interracial couple, but just a love story about two people, with some interesting differences.
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