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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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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.
By and large this is a hollow, laugh-free zone paying lip service to the issue in trite, predictable fashion.
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.
This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix.
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.
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.
... it's one of the few romantic movies that center around an interracial relationship and keeps it real.
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.
A beguilingly heartfelt, low-key farce.
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.
Generally the story swings wildly from preachy to just plain silly. It is truly a story of missed opportunities.
Something hackneyed, trite and boring, you mean.
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.
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 : )
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)
Bad storrytelling and the main guy is from Land of the Dead, need I say more.
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