Big question: All work and no play makes Kenya (Sanaa Lathan) a lonely accountant. Is she willing to date a white landscaper (Simon Baker) to find true love?
Skip it: Kenya's family insists she date a black man but comes around with little complaint; her friends give in once they learn he's good in bed. "Something New" neutralizes the societal hurdles of interracial dating into an uncomplicated preference easy to dismiss (the result: "That white guy's pretty nice.").
Catch it if: You're looking for a more respectful, Kutcher-free version of "Guess Who."
Bottom line: The sweet, straightforward message of "Something New" is just to give love a chance, whatever the color. It's an easily digestible drama unwilling to really explore the complexity of its deep-rooted issues.
Bonus: The coining of a new acronym for IBM: "Ideal Black Man."
Directed by Sanaa Hamri; written by Kriss Turner; cinematography by Shane Hurlbut; music by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman; edited by Melissa Kent; produced by Stephanie Allain. A Focus Features release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:40. MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual references).
Kenya - Sanaa Lathan
Brian - Simon Baker
Walter - Mike Epps
Nelson - Donald Faison
Mark - Blair UnderwoodCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times