Straight-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are ... See full summary »
Kenya McQueen is a successful African-American CPA, working her way to the top of the corporate ladder -- but her life has become all work and no play. Urged on by her friends to try something new and to let go of her dream of the "ideal black man," she accepts a blind date with an architectural landscaper named Brian, only to cut the date short upon first sight, because Brian is white. The two meet again at a party, and Kenya hires Brian to landscape her new home. Over time, they hit it off, but Kenya's reservations about the acceptance their romance will find among her friends and family threatens everything. An intelligent romantic comedy that chooses to deal with issues of race and perception in a straight-forward way, from a point of view not often seen: that of a successful, upper-class black woman. Written by
I thought this was a very entertaining and charming movie to watch. If you love romantic comedies then I think you'll definitely like this movie. Sure the plot is predictable, but I had a great time laughing and relaxing while watching the movie.
Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan), is a professional black woman searching for the right man. But she is faced with a dilemma that many black women are facing, the black male shortage. When Kenya meets Brian (Simon Baker) a white landscaper who agrees to do her backyard, she finds herself attracted to him and vice versa. Sparks fly between them and they fall in love. Brian shows Kenya how to loosen up; by doing this she is discovering more about herself. But Kenya has to decide on whether to go by what her friends and family say, or whether to follow her heart.
Lathan and Baker both give solid performances in this movie. The chemistry between them was pretty good, I thought. However, Kenya's girlfriends I thought were underdeveloped and a bit stereotypical, but they were funny. Donald Faison was humorous (but a little irritating) as Kenya's "playa" brother. Alfre Woodard did a good job as Kenya's mom, but she was a bit underdeveloped too. Blair Underwood was just there. I thought he gave a pretty weak performance and his character was two-dimensional and unnecessary to the plot. Then again I think that Underwood's character was there to show that there are good black men out there that will give his time and attention to the sistas.
I thought that the message of the movie was a good one. No matter what anyone else may think, it's always best to follow your heart and be with the person that makes you the happiest.
50 of 59 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?