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Something New (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 February 2006 (USA)
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Kenya McQueen, an accountant finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.

Director:

Sanaa Hamri

Writer:

Kriss Turner
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanaa Lathan ... Kenya Denise McQueen
Fuzzy Fantabulous Fuzzy Fantabulous ... Himself (voice) (as DJ Fuzzy Fantabulous)
Katharine Towne ... Leah Cahan
Stanley DeSantis ... Jack Pino
K.C. Clyde ... Waiter
Wendy Raquel Robinson ... Cheryl
Golden Brooks ... Suzette
Taraji P. Henson ... Nedra
Marcus Brown ... Rashid Mohammed
Russell Hornsby ... Dr. Brockton
Simon Baker ... Brian Kelly
Danny Wooten ... Starbucks Employee
Mike Epps ... Walter
Lee Garlington ... Mrs. Cahan
Tonita Castro ... Maria
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Storyline

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 jennkepka

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She had it all under control. Except her heart See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

42.4 Percent See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,879,736, 5 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,425,894, 5 March 2006
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sanaa Lathan's character, Kenya, is the daughter of Alfre Woodard's character. They share the same relationship in Love & Basketball (2000), and also in The Family That Preys (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Mark and Kenya are in a restaurant, having a meal, the black window shade at their table is up. The next moment, the shade is down. See more »

Quotes

Nelson McQueen: By the way, what's this I hear about you skiing the slopes? Are you sneaking off to the OC? Are you sleeping with the enemy?
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Connections

Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 8 March 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Family Reunion
Written by Jill H. Scott, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, George Kerr, Larry Roberts
Performed by Jill Scott
Courtesy of Hidden Beach Recordings
Contains Elements of "Look Over Your Shoulder"
Performed by The Escorts
Courtesy of George Kerr Music
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A Romantic Comedy with Substance
6 February 2006 | by kmsairamSee all my reviews

First off, this movie is NOT about a shortage of black men. In fact, there are plenty of black men in this movie: husbands, brothers, boyfriends, guys at Starbucks, club-goers. It just so happens that the main character Kenya, a black woman, falls in love with a white man. What's the big freakin deal?!?! To repeat, this movie is not about a shortage of black men; it never claims to be. It's a love story and one that is complicated by race. I thought the issues they had to deal with as a couple were very real, particularly Kenya's issues with her job.

I can totally relate to the Kenya character and I can easily think of 10 other black women who probably can too. This film was refreshing; it was so nice to see a smart, successful black woman as the main character of a movie. GO SEE IT!


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