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Something New (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 41

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

71

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 9

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

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Lisa Jones, Kasi Lemmons, Kriss Turner

May 16, 2006

$11.4M

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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (41) | DVD (12)

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

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It sometimes seems at odds with itself, vacillating between a realistic presentation of the obstacles black professional women face finding a suitable mate and another bit of Hollywood fluff where their skin color is glossed over.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The race card is still in play no matter what the social strata, but the message gets lost in the medium of excessive cuteness and too many contrived disagreements in dialogue.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Something New isn't Something Hilarious. But it is sweet enough and provocative enough to make it Hollywood's best date movie this Valentine's Day.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

November 28, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com

There's zero chemistry between the leads; for all their passionate declarations of love, you never believe they've even spoken to each other before the cameras start turning over.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Something hackneyed, trite and boring, you mean.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mirror [UK]

Anyone who finds something new in Something New is obviously looking a whole lot closer than the movie deserves.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

This 'new romantic comedy' fails on all three counts:It's not all that funny, it's not very romantic, and it's certainly nothing new.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A diamond in the rough.

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Quietly, almost subliminally, Something New is more profound than the overwrought "relevance" of Oscar nominee Crash.

February 17, 2006 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

I suspect than a lot of audiences will find the serious nature of the subplot to be distracting.

February 17, 2006 Full Review

Something New, in its endearingly daft third act, manages the neat feat of feeling sweetly inevitable rather than boilerplate predictable.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An affecting story that dares to dig deeper than the usual romantic comedy fluff.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

... a nice mix of opposites-attract romanticism with the cultural divide drama.

February 8, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Sometimes succeeds as genuinely new, while at other times it offers a fresh spin on its conventions. And it's always pretty agreeable.

February 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Something old is new again

February 8, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

The script ... discusses frankly the pressures placed on black women to date within the race as well as their attitudes about expanding their options ...

February 6, 2006 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Sometimes as compelling as it is unoriginal.

February 5, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.
June 25, 2007
gatorgirl13

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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 : )
June 15, 2007
binky013

Super Reviewer

Bad storrytelling and the main guy is from Land of the Dead, need I say more.
March 5, 2006
Godless

Super Reviewer

Thought you should know. Was a 2-days-ago development, and I was going to leave tonight. Thanks, corporate languor!
(airplane movies to and from Chicago)
June 10, 2006
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