Something New

Released 2006


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Sanaa Hamri

Something New is the popular 2006 romantic comedy produced by Gramercy and Homegrown Pictures, distributed by Focus Features and directed by Sanaa Hamri (Just Wright, The Adventures of Mimi, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2). Kenya (Sanaa Latham) is a smart, beautiful account lawyer climbing the corporate ladder in a white man's world. After a recent promotion, she moves into her first home in an upper middle class section of Los Angeles. Having just broken up with her Muslim boyfriend, she is now cocooned in her work and moving chores, despite the attempts of her slutty best friends to set her up with a man as quickly as possible. She is then set up on a blind date with Brian (Simon Baker), a handsome man, who also happens to be white. Embarrassed and a bit racist, she excuses herself from the situation. Attending a friend's party, she raves about the garden's landscaping, only to discover it was Brian's handiwork. Reluctantly, she takes his card and later calls him to transform her barren backyard. A love affair slowly develops between the two seemingly polar opposite individuals, but complications arise soon enough.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The film is good news nonetheless - it's a store-bought valentine with real heart.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    The movie nicely captures the area around Baldwin Hills, is crisply written by Kriss Turner and portrays the upper-middle class black community seldom seen in mainstream TV and fil...

  • 60

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Wispy at best, this romantic comedy from a first-time director and screenwriter feels as if whole chunks have been left on the cutting-room floor, with what remains mustering inter...

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance