Something New

Critics 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.

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Total Count: 109

72%

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User Ratings: 101,225
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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 architect who turns out to be not exactly what she'd pictured for herself. Then again, she does need the yard of her new house fixed up. Her girlfriends Cheryl, Suzzette, and Nedra are there for her with advice, while Cheryl's new beau Walter shares a male perspective with Brian. Kenya's socially prominent parents Joyce and Edmond and womanizing younger brother Nelson also voice their own opinions. But it's when her perfect match, Mark, enters the picture that Kenya is truly thrown into confusion. Ultimately, Kenya has to decide for herself and follow her heart -- no matter where it takes her.

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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

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

    Nov 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

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

    Nov 23, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    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.

    Feb 16, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Something New

  • Mar 05, 2012
    Super sweet romantic and funny I laughed a lot and got teary eyed and even cried.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2010
    It was interesting to see how raceism is portrayed from another point of view. It's sweet. Cute. You knew how it was going to end as soon as it started, or well after Simon Baker's character met Sanaa Lathan's. There's not much to say about it really. It's not great. It's not terrible. It's...meh. I feel indifferent towards it. When I was looking it up here to review it I realized that I had forgotten it's name, the characters names...pretty much everything but the fact that Simon Baker was in it! So to me...it's mediocre. It doesn't leave an impression because it's bland. Sort of boring with a well-known, pretty over used and predictable plotline. Simon get's a star though just because I like him so much and he was the only reason why I actually sat down to watch it in the first place, well him and Donald Faison.
    Charlotta L Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2008
    I caught this one on last night while surfing the channels, glad I came upon it. It was a really great movie. A love story between two people of different race and backgrounds coming together in the end, it was wonderful.
    Amanda . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2007
    I really liked this movie a lot. It was a nice mix of romantic and a little drama. Great chemistry.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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