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The film, with its constant theme of color, not only looks good but has a noticeably different visual style from the conventional Hollywood offering (cinematography by Shane Hurlbut, "The Greatest Game Ever Played").
Music (by Rosey, "Monster-in-Law") is also unique, not the typical made to sell soundtracks hits collection or sappy romantic strings.
There isn’t much by way of chemistry between Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker but the actors’ likeability quotient helps make “Something New” a light romantic comedy for the girls out there.
It’s not my cup of tea but I’m not wearing the bull’s eye it’s aimed at.
As the young black couples swirl in their black tuxes and white gowns, Kenya realizes what she needs and retrieves her own splash of white to the party outfitted in a too-small borrowed suit in the color Kenya once abhorred - red.Scripter Kriss Turner gives them all by-the-numbers personalities that they gamely, if shallowly, inhabit.The good-natured predictability will satisfy the target femme aud, though.It's awkward, but she hires him, although she rejects his Golden Retriever Max ('I don't do dogs') and her younger brother Nelson (an annoying Donald Faison, TV's "Scrubs") insults him.Brian tells Kenya 'I take hard earth and make things bloom,' and obviously he's determined to do the same with her, but once Kenya 'lets go with the flow' the relationship travels a rocky road within Kenya's circle of friends and family. There's the successful professional who has to learn that work isn't everything versus the dreamer who's followed a happier path.Sanaa Lathan, who made a solid debut with “Love and Basketball,” gives nice character to Kenya (fortunately, the seemingly pretentious name has a reasonable explanation).The hardworking, pretty, intelligent, well-to-do daughter of a prominent doctor (Earl Billings) and his social snob wife (Alfre Woodard) is too good to be true. She just bought a nice house in desperate need of landscaping and Brian is the ideal man for the job.This is a by the numbers, new-millennium liberal, wears its heart on its sleeve kind of film that is targeted for tweenie girls.And, I think it hits the target if the positive buzz from the screening audience – “I’d see it again! ” were a couple of quotes I heard – is any indication.Taking that as their jumping off point, the two created an ambitious senior bank manager who is surprised to discover the man she can be most herself with is white.But while "Something New" is visually creative, the story is just romantic comedy cliche with a dollop of racial relevance.