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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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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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Official Sites:

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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:

$5,016,000, 5 February 2006

Gross USA:

$11,468,568

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,483,573
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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

At the beginning of the film, Kenya wakes up her PC, which is clearly a Dell, but it's running Mac OS X. The screen shows the telltale Finder icons on the right side of the screen and the desktop picture is one of the images that ships with OS X. A few shots later, the closeup of her calendar also shows the three "gel buttons" in the upper-left corner. See more »

Quotes

Kenya Denise McQueen: [about Nelson's girlfriend Stacy] I hope she has a magic coochie.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Quite Simply
Written by Chris "TRAXX" Rogers, and CeeLo Green (as Thomas Calloway)
Performed by Tori Alamaze featuring CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green)
Produced by Chris "TRAXX" Rogers
Courtesy of Radiculture Records
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Will make you pine for a better director and better script..
15 July 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Saw Sanaa Lathan in AVP and basically thought she stole the film from a very talented cast. Could not understand why I had not seen more of her so I googled here and there and tracked down a copy of Something New. First the good news, I was right. The lady is a talented actress, the camera loves her, and she held her own here against a terrible script and terrible direction. The bad news? Reread that last sentence. As a viewer, I was fairly entertained during the first third -- the romantic part -- and then watched in silent horror as the film just starts to unravel as it winds inexorably to the conclusion. As a critic, I could not help but wonder how this interesting premise might have been better handled with the right people behind the camera ... and the typewriter...?


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