Something New (2006)



Critic Consensus: Something New tackles serious questions about race and interracial relationships with genuine appeal and an alluring romance that develops as naturally as the plot.

Movie Info

If love is an adventure, it's one yet to be embarked upon by Kenya Denise McQueen. A beautiful L.A. career woman, Kenya works as a senior manager at a prestigious accounting firm, and is on the verge of making partner. But she has yet to find her own partner and a fulfilling personal life. It's not that she's stopped looking; her (mental) checklist is at the ready. After another Valentine's Day spent working late, Kenya agrees to a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscape … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lisa Jones, Kasi Lemmons, Kriss Turner
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2006
Box Office: $11.4M
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as Kenya Denise McQueen

as Walter

as Nelson McQueen

as Mark Harper

as Suzzette

as Joyce McQueen

as Edwin

as Cahan Leah

as Waiter

as Rashid Mohammed

as Doctor Brockton

as Starbucks Employee

as Mrs. Cahan

as Bill Lebree

as Edmond McQueen

as Rocklin Thompson

as Sommore

as Real Estate Agent

as Penelope

as Lauren

as Young Woman

as Brian Kelly
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Critic Reviews for Something New

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (32)

By and large this is a hollow, laugh-free zone paying lip service to the issue in trite, predictable fashion.

Full Review… | November 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's just too bad that this half-realized concept is tethered to an utterly unconvincing, warmed-over interracial romance rooted more in Harlequin fantasy than social realism.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Mixing mirth with more sophisticated moments, this delightful romantic romp ultimately triumphs primarily because of the easy-going screen chemistry generated by Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker.

April 27, 2007
Bean Soup Times

A beguilingly heartfelt, low-key farce.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Something New isn't just silly, it's an embarrassment to people who are genuinely trying to level the racial playing field in America today.

Full Review… | November 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Generally the story swings wildly from preachy to just plain silly. It is truly a story of missed opportunities.

Full Review… | November 28, 2006

Audience Reviews for Something New


I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie actually was. I love Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker is a really great looking new-comer.

Rachel F

Super Reviewer


I ran across this the other night. When I realized Sanaa Lathan was in it, I stopped right there. Three comments: 1.Believe it or not, that scar the Predator gave her is gone. Plastic surgery perhaps? Kind of disappointing. I loved that scar. At any rate, these days she's given up her space career for the law. Boo, Sanaa, I would never give up being an astronaut for anything, and especially not for a career in law. 2. I am now 100% sure that I'm 100% in love with Sanaa Lathan (technically 25% given that I have to split my love percentage equally among her, Janeane Garofalo, Kate Winslet, and Jessica Alba ). Hey. Wait a second. This is my fairytale, so I say there can be 400% of something. I'm definitely 100% in love with each of the four. Simon Sucking Baker, you are the man! You are one lucky lucky guy, my friend. First she's your blind date -- sorry that didn't go too well -- and then she needs a landscape architect, and you're a landscape architect! What are the chances, dude? Sanaa, if you read this and are interested, please drop me a line on my talk board. I know it says "Make a comment about," but what they really mean is "Make a comment to (and leave your cell number)." 3. This is almost -- almost -- a wee bit too much of a fairytale for me. I don't think I've seen this many rich people together in one place since Titanic -- which was quite a fairytale in and of itself. Still, the love angle is very sweet, and hopefully it will lead to my marrying Ms. Lathan in the very near future. Although I'd rather be married to an astronaut than a lawyer. To make my fairytale come true, I know if Sanaa Lathan really loved me, she'd go back to being an astronaut and make a sequel to AVP: Alien vs. Predator : )

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Bad storrytelling and the main guy is from Land of the Dead, need I say more.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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