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

Holla at your boy!

It's Fuzzy Fantabulous, Power

106, Big Boy's neighborhood.

LA, today is one of my favorite

days. You want to know why?

Happy Valentine's Day

to everybody.

That's right, once more again,

it's Valentine's Day.

Yo, check it out. I already

got some candy up here.

I got a couple of listeners

sent me some flowers.

I'm the luckiest dude

alive in Los Angeles.

Let me say that. Good

morning, it is a beautiful day.

For one, the sun is up,

65 degrees already outside.

The 405 is crowded. But who

cares? Everybody's in love today.

So they gonna get to work

when they want to.

People gonna have flowers.

Everybody is getting candy.

Every lady already has a date. All

the restaurants are booked tonight.

When I get off work, already I've

probably got four dates already lined up.

I got to take my moms out. My girlfriend

already sent me a bouquet of flowers.

And heaven knows what my wife's

got planned for me tonight.

Happy Valentine's Day.

I'll be home early.

Good morning.





Berte sent these to me today

and I don't know what to do.

This one, I think is gonna make

me look like a fricking cow.

And this one I love...

but I'm gonna have to hold

my stomach in the whole time.

Leah, wear the one you love.

It's your wedding day.

We've got to

get you married.

As my mother would say,

"There is a mensch out there...

"with your name stamped on his

forehead." I'm sure there is.

Who do I know for you? Who?

Leah, don't start.

I've got a big day.

You've always got a big day. Even

on the weekends, you have a big day.

You can't let this job

be your life.

It's not my life.

I have a meeting.

Brian! Tall, hot,

newly single...

architect, really smart.

This is gonna be perfect.

Leah, thanks, but no.

Oh, come on.

I don't do blind dates.

Okay. I'll just add that to the

official list of things Kenya doesn't do.

Which includes, among other

things, sushi, dogs, kayaking...

creepy-crawly things,

and the color red.

Red's definitely not my color.

Jack Pino? Kenya McQueen.



So, I looked over the letter of intent from

the bankers, and I have a few questions.

Shouldn't we wait?


Well, isn't someone else

coming in?

No. This is it.

I'm the senior manager.

When we get further into the deal I'll

bring someone in to collect documents.

But right now, it's just us.

Personal, one-on-one service.

Okay. Sure.

Four Belvedere Valentinis

for four beautiful ladies.

Thank you.

I wanna make a toast.


We may not have everything

we want at the moment...

but we do have each other.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Kenya, this is fabulous.

Okay, let's get down to

business. Where are the brothers?

Yeah, K.

Where's the eye candy?

You got a cute-


Okay, Shante.

Oh, my God!

And that is why

The what?

Have never been married.

I read that article. It didn't

say we'd never get married.

It just said we have yet to.

Okay. So when is it gonna

happen? In the afterlife? Please.

Never get married...

that still means

that 57.6 of us will.

And that's a substantially

greater percentage.

Thank you, Miss Numbers

Queen. That's very impressive.

However, those odds

are completely against us.

It says the phenomenon is most

acute among African-American woman...

who are

educated professionals.

Judge, accountant,

banker, pediatrician.

That'd be us.

I'm just tired of being

classified as a victim.

Single black professional woman

destined to be unhappy and alone.

I mean, I just have to keep

believing I'll find the one. True.

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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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