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Something New (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 February 2006 (USA)
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Kenya McQueen, an accountant finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.


Sanaa Hamri


Kriss Turner
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanaa Lathan ... Kenya Denise McQueen
Fuzzy Fantabulous Fuzzy Fantabulous ... Himself (voice) (as DJ Fuzzy Fantabulous)
Katharine Towne ... Leah Cahan
Stanley DeSantis ... Jack Pino
K.C. Clyde ... Waiter
Wendy Raquel Robinson ... Cheryl
Golden Brooks ... Suzette
Taraji P. Henson ... Nedra
Marcus Brown ... Rashid Mohammed
Russell Hornsby ... Dr. Brockton
Simon Baker ... Brian Kelly
Danny Wooten ... Starbucks Employee
Mike Epps ... Walter
Lee Garlington ... Mrs. Cahan
Tonita Castro ... Maria


Kenya McQueen is a successful African-American CPA, working her way to the top of the corporate ladder -- but her life has become all work and no play. Urged on by her friends to try something new and to let go of her dream of the "ideal black man," she accepts a blind date with an architectural landscaper named Brian, only to cut the date short upon first sight, because Brian is white. The two meet again at a party, and Kenya hires Brian to landscape her new home. Over time, they hit it off, but Kenya's reservations about the acceptance their romance will find among her friends and family threatens everything. An intelligent romantic comedy that chooses to deal with issues of race and perception in a straight-forward way, from a point of view not often seen: that of a successful, upper-class black woman. Written by jennkepka

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She had it all under control. Except her heart See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

42.4 Percent See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,879,736, 5 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,425,894, 5 March 2006
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally titled "42.4 Percent". See more »


When Brian begins to paint Kenya's toenail, the first shot of the foot before the close-up when he polishes the big toe is clearly a different foot. The toes are mangled and the big toe looks like the toe nail is mangled as well. Then when they cut to the close-up, it is a different big toe that he polishes. See more »


Brian Kelly: Kenya, I love you.
Kenya Denise McQueen: [turns away] I don't know what to say.
Brian Kelly: Uh... should I give you a hint?
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 8 March 2006 (2006) See more »


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Written by Aja Graydon Dantzler, Fatin Dantzler, Steve McKie, Conley Whitfield
Performed by Kindred the Family Soul
Courtesy of Hidden Beach Recordings
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Just wonderful
12 July 2006 | by notelmerfuddSee all my reviews

This film has some flaws. It has some moments that are just dreadful. It has entire scenes that would get a C- in a screen writing 101 class. Yet it's a wonderful film. Sanaa Lathan gives a superb performance, as does Simon Baker. Wendy Raquel Robinson, Alfrie Woodard, Russell Hornsby, Donald Faison and Blair Underwood are all wonderful, while Golden Brooks will probably (just barely) avoid be indicted for accepting payment for her "perfomance." (Most of the truly dreadful moments in the film involve her, which is odd as she is not at all a bad actress.) While the film has such flaws, it overcomes them with charm and intelligence, and the wonderful on screen pairing of the leads. Okay, so Kenya (Sanaa Lathan's character) gets what she wants far too easily - repeatedly - and so there's a needlessly absurd scene involving a white boy in a Mexican mariachi outfit at a black high society event, which in real life would be humiliating for everybody within six city blocks.

The film has something of value to say about race, about prejudice - black and white - and about following your heart and finding somebody to love. As a white boy married to an incredible black woman, I can tell you that the best twenty bucks I ever spent was in buying this film for my wife. It's brought her such joy and so many hours of happiness (she's incredible, sure, but she's also a major wacko - she'll watch the same film three time in one day for three days running and love it more each time), that I'm thinking of buying another TV/DVD player, just so I can leave this on 24/7 for her.

The point is, rent it, it's just great (except for the dreadful parts).

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