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24th
OCT

Something New

Posted by Player under Romance

Something NewPerhaps I am getting older, but it seems that other than horror, the other genre of movies that I seem to be watching lately are romantic couple movies. In Something New, Sanaa Lathan plays Kenya, an uptight successful business woman, whose emotional closet is in need of some redecorating, in other words, a beautiful African-American woman is unhappy with her romantic life. When her coworker hooks her up on a blind date with Brian, played by Simon Baker, Kenya immediately rejects him, but eventually ends up hiring him as her landscaper. While much can be said about the idea of successful Black women being unable to find successful Black men, the plot line is as classic as Lady Chatterly’s Lover. In fact you might even call this film an updated version of D.H. Lawrence’s novel.

Although race is a central part of the film, it is not a subject which the director explores in depth, instead the film is really about a woman finding out what she needs out of life. Overall, I enjoyed the way the director used lighting and color to present the changes in Kenya. On the downside, Something New is not particularly funny, much like Kenya herself, it ends up being quite beautiful, but not very comfortable.

3.5 out 5 stars