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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 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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A romantic comedy with a whole lot of drama. 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

Right after the Starbucks incident she arrives at a party with her friend. They enter the party and are offered Champagne, the waiter only has two glasses on his serving plate but on the next shot he has four. See more »

Quotes

Sommore: [nods to Brian] I see ya brought your night light with you.
[laughter]
Sommore: Girl, you either got your swirl on or you're with your parole officer.
[more laughter]
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Connections

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

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Love
Written by Darryl Swann, Rosey (as Nancy Joy Kaye)
Performed by Rosey
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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This movie was on point
3 February 2006 | by karlenerogersSee all my reviews

Geesehoward, to clarify something in your post: Sanaa's lover did not "assume" that she had a weave. It was after a night of lovemaking that he asked her about it as they lay in bed the next morning. I'm sure he was trying to run his fingers through her hair and found he was unable to.

I am a black woman who is married to a white man. I read the interview with Sanaa where she talked about living in Harlem and being terrified of holding his hand because she was afraid of the judgment. I felt as though she was writing my life story. Before we got married, my then boyfriend lived in Soho and I in Harlem. Walking around together in lower Manhattan, we got a few looks, but nothing even remotely close to the venom that was spit at us when we were together up in my neighborhood. People would stop dead in their tracks, hands on hips and say horrible things to us! And this is in the 21st Century! There were times I would actively dissuade my husband from showing me any affection in a Black environment because I didn't want the brothers to take it the wrong way and think it was an overt slap in their face-- you know, white man comes up in to the Black neighborhood to claim the Black woman while the Black man stands idly by. But after a time, I got over it. My man was just trying to love me. He was willing to take all the insults and stand by me and allow me to open myself up and let him in, so to speak. And I am so glad I did. I have been fortunate in having had positive relationships with all of the men I have dated seriously (who btw, were all Black). They all brought something special to the table. My husband just happened to come into my life at the right time when I was opening up to the idea of trying "something new". I have learned a lot from him, but he has also learned a lot from me. I think this movie did SO much in the way of allowing people to get a little more used to the idea that love comes in all shapes sizes and colors, and that it also comes with problems, depending on the type of relationship. Interracial relationships are going to always have family and societal disapproval, but guess what, everyone comes around eventually once they realized that it's not superficial, that there's true, honest love there. This is because people are just people, and if someone takes the time to get to know you, you discover all the things you have in common that have nothing to do with skin color. The moral of this extended post is this: After we had been dating for some time, my husband moved up to Harlem. Before you knew it, he was friends with everybody on the block and knew more people in my neighborhood than I did. That's because people are just afraid of what they don't know. Yes there is a lot of historical baggage attached to race in this country, but we can't keep schleping it around with us all the time, we've got to let it go, let it flow. I encourage all of you to see the movie. It was your typical predictable rom com, yes, where everything works out okay in the end, but it also has a lot to recommend it. I thought it was on point and funny and sad and all that good stuff. Go see it! (Plus it's the first studio film that's written, directed, produced and starred in by Black women!) You go ladies!


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