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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 Kenya, through she doesn't feel the same way at all. However, she likes his work and hires him to refurbish her garden; before long, he asks her out on a date, and against her better judgment she accepts. While Kenya and Brian have little in common, in time they hit it off, and a romance begins to blossom between them. However, Brian happens to be white, which ruffles some feathers among Kenya's friends and family, who try to find her a more suitable, African-American suitor. Also starring Mike Epps, Donald Faison, Blair Underwood, and Alfre Woodard, Something New was the first feature film for director Sanaa Hamri, who previously established herself by directing music videos. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 2006


Awarded by
Black Reel Awards Lisa Coleman Best Original Score 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Sanaa Hamri Best Director 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Wendy Melvoin Best Original Score 2006 Nominee
Women Film Critics Circle Sanaa Lathan Best Female Images in a Movie 2006 Winner
Black Reel Awards Sanaa Lathan Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Kriss Turner Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee


Sanaa Lathan
as Kenya Denise McQueen
Simon Baker
as Brian Kelly
Mike Epps
as Walter
Donald Faison
as Nelson McQueen
Blair Underwood
as Mark Harper
Wendy Raquel Robinson
as Cheryl
Alfre Woodard
as Joyce McQueen
Katharine Towne
as Cahan, Leah
Stanley de Santis
as Jack Pino
K.C. Clyde
as Waiter
Golden Brooks
as Suzzette
Taraji P. Henson
as Nedra
Marcus Brown
as Rashid Mohammed
Russell Hornsby
as Doctor Brockton
Lee Garlington
as Mrs. Cahan
Tonita Castro
as Maria
Matt Malloy
as Edwin
David Monahan
as Bill Lebree
Gabriel Tigerman
as Darren
Tanisha Harper
as Stacy
Earl Billings
as Edmond McQueen
Michelle Griffin
as Kiki
Tanya Wideman-Davis
as Rocklin Thompson
as Sommore
Eric Ekholm
as Paul
Henry Simmons
as Kyle
Kimberly Barnett
as Luna
Julie Mond
as Penelope
Rose Rollins
as Lauren
Rick Fitts
as Emcee
Raina Lewis
as Young Woman


Sanaa Hamri
Stephanie Allain
Kriss Turner
Shane Hurlbut
Lisa Coleman
Composer (Music Score)
Wendy Melvoin
Composer (Music Score)
Spring Aspers
Musical Direction/Supervision
Melissa Kent
Mayne Berke
Production Designer
Joe Pichirallo
Executive Producer
Preston Holmes
Executive Producer
Hope Hanafin
Costume Designer
Casey Hallenbeck
Set Decorator
Noga Isackson
First Assistant Director
Gary Hatfield
Camera Operator
Charles Papert
Camera Operator
Donald Byrd
Jeanne McCarthy
Susumu Tokunow
Production Sound Mixer
Chip Touhey
Second Assistant Director
Cheryl Starbuck
Script Supervisor
Julius Le Flore
Stunts Coordinator
David Giammarco
Supervising Sound Editor
Andree Juviler
Location Manager
Kimberly Kimble
Department Head Hair
Charles Papert
Steadicam Operator
John Hartigan
Special Effects Coordinator
Lillie Frierson
Key Hairstylist