I would hardly classify myself as a hopeless romantic, but I nevertheless really enjoyed this movie. This is the type of movie I wish "Guess Who" had been when it came out a few years ago. While "Guess Who" played the race card strictly for (forced) laughs, "Something New" delivers a message that touches upon, but ultimately goes beyond, race. Interestingly, some of the personal attacks that appear in a few negative comments on Amazon, demonstrate why Something New's message of openness, living and loving "outside of the box," is still so current and very much needed in our society. Generalized (and inaccurate) statements regarding white men's supposed lack-of-interest in black women, and classifying Tony Award-nominated thespian Sanaa Lathan as a "B-movie" actress, demonstrate that, unfortunately, the pre-conceived notions and stereotypes that Something new addresses are still very much alive and well. As a white woman, I am sure that I am not alone when I say that Hollywood is in desperate need of more movies like Something New.
Fortunately, like myself, the majority of professional and audience critics recognized this movie for the gem that it is. Sanaa Lathan has such magnetism that you can't take your eyes off her on screen. Not only is she obviously beautiful to look at, but she has an inherent screen presence rarely seen in actresses nowadays, of any race. Simon Baker is ridiculously handsome in grungy jeans and tee-shirts, and, instead of playing Brian purely as eye-candy, turns the leading man into a multi-dimensional character with flaws just like the rest of us (check out the break-up scene in the grocery store). And, as usual, Alfre Woodard effortlessly nails the role of Kenya's insufferable mother. The rest of the cast is a hoot, especially Kenya's brother Nelson, and her girlfriends.
If you are the type of person who was shocked by the original "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" or "Jungle Fever," then you might find Something New uncomfortable to watch, but that's all the more reason why you should. For the rest of us (hopefully, the majority) who can appreciate a solid movie with quality acting, and beauty/talent in all colors, shapes, and sizes, Something New will definitely not disappoint. Add this movie to your DVD collection.