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A woman discovers that when it comes to love, sometimes opposites really do attract in this romantic comedy-drama. Kenya (Sanaa Lathan) is a successful African-American lawyer in her mid-thirties whose personal life is not going as well as her career. While she's attractive and intelligent, Kenya has rather high standards and isn't willing to settle for a man who isn't everything she wants. While attending a party, Kenya is introduced to Brian (Simon Baker), a landscape architect who handles the gardening at her host's mansion. Brian is immediately and obviously attracted to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By and large this is a hollow, laugh-free zone paying lip service to the issue in trite, predictable fashion."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"The race card is still in play no matter what the social strata, but the message gets lost in the medium of excessive cuteness and too many contrived disagreements in dialogue."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Mixing mirth with more sophisticated moments, this delightful romantic romp ultimately triumphs primarily because of the easy-going screen chemistry generated by Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker."
‑ Kam Williams, Bean Soup Times
"Generally the story swings wildly from preachy to just plain silly. It is truly a story of missed opportunities."
‑ Stella Papamichael, BBC
"Anyone who finds something new in Something New is obviously looking a whole lot closer than the movie deserves."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"This is an inept and unsubtle romantic fantasy about how black people and white people don't mix."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Something New isn't Something Hilarious. But it is sweet enough and provocative enough to make it Hollywood's best date movie this Valentine's Day."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A beguilingly heartfelt, low-key farce."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"There's zero chemistry between the leads; for all their passionate declarations of love, you never believe they've even spoken to each other before the cameras start turning over."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK]
"This 'new romantic comedy' fails on all three counts:It's not all that funny, it's not very romantic, and it's certainly nothing new."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"It sometimes seems at odds with itself, vacillating between a realistic presentation of the obstacles black professional women face finding a suitable mate and another bit of Hollywood fluff where their skin color is glossed over."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"How many other movies dare to suggest that some white guys have soul, and some black guys are plain vanilla?"
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Something New isn't just silly, it's an embarrassment to people who are genuinely trying to level the racial playing field in America today."
‑ Kat Brown, Empire Magazine
"Something hackneyed, trite and boring, you mean."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A diamond in the rough."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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