Something New

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sanaa Hamri
Production: Focus Features
  4 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

I don't even need all that.

I just want a good brother.

That's right.

He doesn't have to make a lot of

money, so long as he's got a job.


Yes, yes.

He just has to be taller than me,

college educated, and not crazy.

No kids, good teeth,

and no kinky sex.

I mean, I like to switch it up

a bit, but, you know...


You're doing it again.

The list, Kenya. The list.

You know what? You should have

stayed with Rashid Mohammed.

How can you do

the Muslim chauvinist thing?

Whatever, girl.

Rashid was fine. Okay?

I would have been a bean-pie

eating, mosque-going...

walking five steps behind

his behind, wearing a burka.

Listen, I've been listening to

this new CD by Dr. LaWanda Phillips.

Now, she says that if we keep hanging

onto this preconceived notion...

of what we think we want...

we're actually cutting ourselves

off from our universal abundance.

See, we hold on so tight...

to this image that we have

of our IBM...

"Ideal Black Man."

But she says that

we've got to let go...

in order to let love flow.

In fact that's what it is

called. "Let go, let flow."

That means you, Kenya.

No more lists.

"Let go, let flow."

That's right.

Yes, and it's a whole lot

better than, "Keep hope alive."

Okay, y'all.

Let go, let flow. This

universe is listening.

Perfect, my loves.


So, as long as he is

black and fine.

And educated,

well-spoken, with a job.


a well-paying job.

You have one new message...

Kenya, it's Rashid.

Happy Valentine's day.

You've been on my mind a lot.

I wanted you to know

that I'm getting married.

Yeah, she is wonderful.

I met her

at a Farrakhan rally.

Kenya, I just really want

you to come to the wedding...



Valentine's day, sweet pea.

You never forget, do you?

Forget my baby girl?

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Kriss Turner

Kriss Turner is an American screenwriter and producer. Turner has written and produced episodes for the television series Sister, Sister, Living Single, The Bernie Mac Show, Cosby, Everybody Hates Chris, Whoopi and Sherri. Turner also the wrote the 2006 feature film Something New. She was featured on CNN's two-night series Black in America, where she discussed the idea of being a single African-American woman who is successful in a male-dominated field. There she speaks about the dualities women face because they are successful and the lack of like-minded African-American men.She was born in Hawaii. more…

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