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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.

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Sanaa Hamri

Writer:

Kriss Turner
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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

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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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Originally titled "42.4 Percent". See more »

Goofs

At the community garden when Kenya gets off of the Brian's trucks and walks away the right side door is open. In the next shot the door is closed. See more »

Quotes

Kenya Denise McQueen: I know you must think I'm combative, neurotic, picky... And maybe I am. But the weird thing is, I've never had to be anything but myself with you right from the beginning. And with you I feel like I can do anything, say anything, try anything. And that's the life I want. I want an adventure with you. You don't understand, we're suppose to be together.
Brian Kelly: I'm never going to be your dream man Kenya. I just... I won't be the fall-back guy.
Kenya Denise McQueen: No, see that's the thing. I don't have to wonder about that ...
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 8 March 2006 (2006) See more »

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Koop Remix
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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Finally, a romantic comedy I can pay full admission for and not regret it later
13 February 2006 | by dawnwashingtonSee all my reviews

For about five years or better yet since I've been married, I have banned all modern day romantic comedies from my precious eyesight. Why you say? Because nine times out of ten they featured awkward pairings of big-name stars who had as much chemistry as a week old can of generic pop that was left in the refrigerator open, the plots were so insultingly predictable that you just wanted to take out a bull horn in Hollywood and yell to screenwriters and movie studios everywhere: "STOP INSULTING US BY RELYING ON YOUR FORMULAS TO MAKE YOUR MOVIES." Honestly, if I see one more chase scene to the airport to stop some chick from moving away, I'm going to blow something up, and finally romantic comedies were just plain unrealistic. I mean honestly, how many of us can believe that Jennifer Lopez, Diane Lane, and Julia Roberts are dateless. And how many women are really knocking down John Cusak's door to get a date? However, alas comes a true romantic comedy with depth, conviction, and heart. And while it did use a few formulas it did not depend on them. "Something New" features very real people, real responses, real dialogue, and most importantly real issues. I champion this movie for being groundbreaking and discussing things that no other (or few) mainstream film had the balls to tackle such as "The Black Tax," the true difference between racism and reverse racism, and Black hair culture to name a few. Don't get me wrong, THIS MOVIE IS NOT A BLACK MOVIE. It is definitely romantic and comedic at its very heart and it is something that can be appreciated by all. But I felt so much better about seeing this film when I realized that it took the time to think and bring some things to the forefront. I hate the fact that this movie was not marketed properly. What a misstep. This movie was for all because we have all had to grapple with pressures from our family, our careers, friends, and culture at one point or another and realize that being true to yourself is all that matters. Oh and by the way, the chemistry between Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker is phenomenal! I haven't seen chemistry like that in a long, long time. The movie is worth the trip just to see that.


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