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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Partial nudity, but in very close shots; several sweet kissing scenes; the single sex scene is tasteful; sexual allusions ("pleasuring myself," "magic hoochie," "Can he bone?") and slang for interracial dating ("skiing the slopes," "sleeping with the enemy," "jungle gardening"); rowdy comedy club routine on interracial dating.
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Some profanity ("hell," s-word) and slang for genitalia and sexual activity.
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Products & Purchases
USA Today, Starbucks, Verizon, Enyce, Dell laptop.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at parties and in restaurants.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this romantic comedy takes up a serious theme, the tensions that emerge in interracial dating. It features sexual references and situations, including a couple of gentle kissing scenes and one gently framed sex scene (body parts and faces in close-up). Characters use slang for intercourse and genitalia (e.g., "hoochie," "bone"). At a comedy club, the routine, focused on interracial dating, includes jokes about the DC Sniper and white men being serial killers. Characters drink at parties and at dinner. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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