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Something New 2006

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...

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Oh my goodness that Mr. Baker is one beautiful guy...yummy..Good actor and handsome to boot...a very cute movie. I liked this chick flick a lot...
Will always be one of my favorite "feel-good" movies. 8/10
Something new was a good movie about interracial dating. It showed how some people are so how can you say it's a bad movie ? Why waste time online making fun of a movie? If you have nothing nice to say then just get the hell off.
When is Hollywood going to pull its head out of its ass? I see that "landscape architect" is the "romantic comedy male lead job du jour", but a landscape architect is not a "gardener" like this movie and "Just Like Heaven" makes them out to be. A landscape architect works in a frigging office. They're professionals. They wear suits to work, not frigging flannel shirts. They work with computers, pens, and paper, not shovels. The fact that Hollywood continues to perpetuate the myth that "landscape architects" are out in a yard pulling weeds is enough to make me know without even seeing it that this movie is stupid and it sucks, and it was made by a bunch of retards.
The Old Dark House starts with three characters trying to navigate a road destroyed by the heavy storm that drenches them even inside the vehicle. A mudslide makes them realize they can't go on, but, luckily, they see a light ahead. They stop and beg for shelter. They are admitted into a gloomy castle with very eccentric inhabitants. An elderly brother and sister, the latter of whom is conveniently hard of hearing, live there with their other brother, Malcom who is mute and looks very much like a monster. The hospitality is grudging and the house and residents are very creepy. Frankly, I would have taken my luck in the storm. The story and characters are often very humorous, but the tone of the film is continually dark. Directed by James Whale ("The Invisible Man"), this is a classic Universal horror film. It's not quite scary. But the atmosphere is great. It reminded me of the original House on Haunted Hill film. Something New is a romantic comedy, but with a more dramatic twist than most of this genre. Sanaa Lathan ("Alien vs Predator") stars as a successful black career woman whose given herself no time for a social life. She's faced with racial judgements every day at her firm, and when she's set up on a blind date with a white landscape architect (Simon Baker "Land of the Dead"), she has to face her own prejudices. As she finds herself drawn to this man, her fear and the pressures of her family and friends cause her to question her feelings. Lathan and Baker have great chemistry, and the film is beautifully designed, showing Lathan's monochrome world in contrast to Baker's vibrant one. The themes are also thought-provoking. But, as a film, it can't escape it's genre format and the end felt very rushed.
Two movies in one day! Yay I want to jump him, right now. ... Okay fine...Emily deserves him much more than I do. But I can drool. PS- I bought Corpse Bride and Martin and Lewis: Colgate Comedy Hour
What a great movie! It was enjoyable with just enough depth to avoid being complete fluff. Hollywood needs to produce more movies like this :)
Simon Baker is one huge chunk of beefcake!
Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker have great chemistry in this comedy/drama. The film doesn't have to rely on the stupid comedy gags that "Guess Who" did because it actually has substance to it. Its better than I thought it was gonna be and very romantic.
I'm such a bum, I totally neglected this blog for an obscene amount of time but now I'm back.... so January came and went and I didn't watch a single movie. Bummers. But tonight I saw: Something NewInside Manclive owen, denzel washington, and jodi foster... a helluva cast, interesting looking picture, really piques my curiousity, i hope its a good one
I went to see Something New this weekend and I did not know what to expect. Iwas surprised in many ways. The movie was overall very good. There were a few mechanical snags in the flow maybe, but it got to the point. It was funny, while touching on a still too touchy subject. I think if you watch this film with an open mind you will really enjoy it. As with any movie dealing with the race issue there are bound to be some ruffled feathers. But I thought the movie was pretty fair in showing that prejudices and pride affect the perception and behavior of people in all races. To me the biggest problem existed within the character Kenya herself. Once she conquered her doubts and fears, the outcome was as it should be more often in real life--no matter what your race or culture. There were a few things in the dialogue and flow that could have been more subtle and polished, but ,for the most part, I think they kept it real. I loved the humor in the movie (which took lighthearted shots at both races involved), and I really loved the chemistry between Simon and Sanaa. Someone commented on the fact that 97% of white males marry white women. Well, the U.S. is about 75% white and 12% African-American. Two plus two = four. It was also mentioned that there are about 100,000 marriages of this combination. Considering the percentages above, 100,000 is not so minute as you would think. Anyway, I think the movie was basically just saying we all could be more open to new and different oppurtunites and not limit ourselves. It is not just about racial marriage percentages. It is high time we saw the situation from a somewhat new point of view. That alone was worth it. Throw in some laughs and some great romance and we have a winner!
So, as I mentioned in a previous entry, I had friends coming for this past weekend. Turns out only my best friend Samantha came and we met her halfway, only to get lost because she got lost...but that's another long kind of funny story.Anyway, as I knew it would happen, when it came time to watch a movie all the wrong ones were suggested by everyone else. For example, Underworld Evolution, Big Momma's House 2, and Final Destination 3 were the main contenders. I'm hiding in the passenger seat going, "Ummm...I didn't like the first Underworld or Big Momma's House...and my 4 year old is not about to watch Final Destination. But I hear Something New and The Matador are good ones." No one responds to that and I'm thinking... "They've never heard of them." So we go home, to try and figure out our night because we were just sitting there in the parking lot going back and forth with the same ideas. Turns out, Samantha and I decide we'd go walk around the mall until "Something New" started at9:30, because the hubby had a friend over to play video games. Problem solved. Girls night out with a girl friendly movie. Something New is actually quite good. Here's why: The film has an interesting enough plot.. A black woman who is quite uptight and safe (without really realizing she is this way, even though people keep pointing it out to her.) somehow falls in love with a white man who's laid back and spontaneous. From the beginning, with how they meet to how their relationship evolves, it seems tangible and realistic. What makes the movie work so well is the way it's subject matter is handled. Of course, race plays an issue, but it's not over done. It's genuine and insightful. And honestly, this movie is terribly romantic. Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker star. Very well cast leads. Their chemistry is just awesome. (One of my favorite moments.)There are genuinely funny scenes and characters. Not too much of a laugh out loud type humor but more of just...smiley chuckly humor. (I did just say smiley chuckly) But it's good stuff worth smiling and chuckling at. Of course there's times in the film when you notice a cliche here or there...especially towards the end. But it's not enough to ruin anything. The movie flows nicely and has a few moments that seem original. It's surprisngly charming. I really liked it :) We both did. And the one thing that neither of us could stop saying throughout and after..."He's so sexy." (speaking of Simon Baker. What an incredibly handsome man. That smile is KILLER.)I also have to do a review for The Matador, because we went to see that Sunday night, but right now I have to go finish "Some Like it Hot" before the hubby gets back from the gym cause then we have to run out and eat dinner (I'm not cooking tonight.) and be back in time for American Idol...I don't think it's possible though.
I abesolutely loved this movie! I saw it last friday and I'm still thinking about it almost a week later. I know that it's a story that's been told over and over again. However, being a black woman, I can honestly say that it is the first time I have ever connected with a romantic comedy. It was delightful! And, as far one of the critics, who so happens to be a white man and can't connect at all with the Sanaa Lathan's character, it was obvious to see that she did not give in that easily!
There have been other films in the past that have explored the effect society and close surroundings have on interracial relationships, but I can't really remember one that has dealt with it in as lighthearted a way as Something New, a romantic comedy that is never too preachy or one-sided and is just a good time. There are moments in this film that I found less than great, but there are only few. I expected to see another dull romantic comedy with nothing fresh to add to the genre, but I was pleasantly surprised and often moved by its authentic and human feel. Sure, by the end everything goes as always planned in the audience's head, but what's important to note is that the journey to the conclusion was a little different than expected, and that's really a refreshing thing to see in a romantic film like this.
Good movie. I like how they tackled a rather difficult subject of interacial relationships.
"SOMETHING NEW"(2006) Don't overlook this quiet little release with its nondescript title because it is a keeper. This is a delightfully refreshing romantic comedy with attractive leads and a wonderful cast of supporting characters.New actress Sanaa Lathan is charming in her role as Kenya McQueen, a Black professional who is a rising star at a prestigious white shoe Los Angeles accounting firm. A whiz with the numbers, she is driven to become a partner with the firm, a position which she fears may elude her in spite of her new trophy account.Driven more for success than for love, Kenya has little time for romance and spends her evenings out with her long time girlfriends, all of whom, like her, come from privileged Black family backgrounds. One of them is engaged, but they all bemoan the fact that there are so few "Ideal Black Males" out there.Then Brian (Simon Baker), a White man with dirt under his nails, starts to court her. Prejudice is on the other foot here as she considers him to be little more than a gardener instead of the successful landscape architect that he is. Worse yet, he is White! Brian is, however, good enough to spruce up her disheveled back yard.Grade: A-, Recommended? Yes! Carl Zapffe,The Cat's Meow Movie Critic Please click on the link at left to read my full reviewof this movie as well as those of other recent movies.
Well I saw the movie "Something New" a romantic comedy starring two relatively unknown actors, Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker, about an interracial relationship between a black women and a white man. It's a really good movie and it makes the whole idea of an interracial relationship more real. It isn't like the formulaic and crappy movie "Guess Who" with Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. Something New actually shows mostly real characters who want to find love and in order to do that they have to open their minds and their hearts to the possibility of finding love with someone whom they least expected.
Nice Movie
Overall, I guess that one could say that I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this film...NOT. This is probably one of the most predictable romantic comedies to come out in recent years, and one that is not consistently funny. However, there are racial issues addressed quite poignantly and more than in any other movie that I have seen. Sanaa Lathan winds up being involved with her landscaper, who is white. Her family has trouble with this, and all the signs are pointing her to opt out, but in the end they end up together. Simple as that. While the story is really "Nothing New", the script is intelligent and the film boasts some above-average performances, especially from Sanaa Lathan, who redeems herself from the awful Alien Vs. Predator. The camera work, during some scenes, particularly one sex scene, is particularly creative, showing extreme close-ups of random things along with the character's faces. Overall, The plot and storyline is nothing new and is really becoming quite old and it gets extremely irritating in parts, but the acting is next to first rate, and the way the "old" story is told is simply infectious. This film gets a barely-passing grade from me.
nothing new and pretty boring.