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Something New

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Romantic dramedy tackles serious themes.

Movie PG-13 2006 100 minutes
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Something New is formulaic and well intentioned, with unusual race and culture dynamics. Brian knows Kenya is "sensitive about color," but also calls her on her fear of spiders (adorably, by giving her a copy of Charlotte's Web), her general nervousness, and her weave ("I'm just wondering what you looked like completely naked"). As she confesses to Brian, her background -- an asthmatic/sheltered childhood, cotillions and high class anxieties, high expectations from her uptight academic mother, and her own misreading of big-hearted doctor dad -- makes her worry about "having a good time" or worse, "being herself."

While Kenya's conflict is interesting, the film tends to reduce it to one-liner comments by antic supporting characters. Though she tries to resist Brian, he's part of the film's "opposites attract" formula. To this end, he endures interrogations by Kenya's brother and Cheryl's working class boyfriend.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 3, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: May 16, 2006
  • Cast: Blair Underwood , Sanaa Lathan , Simon Baker
  • Director: Sanaa Hamri
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Black directors, Multiracial directors, Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual references
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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