As ultra-successful accountant Kenya McQueen, the normally lovely Sanaa Lathan is asked to play a nasty and ridiculously uptight woman, one who simply needs a little "you know what" to put a smile on her face. Enter the impossibly perfect Brian Kelly, a guy who has everything that Kenya wants ... only, whoops, he's Caucasian, which means that Kenya's friends and family will never ever go for it.
WILL Kenya be able to defeat the socially-accepted forms of outright racism and embrace her hunky landscaper? Well, if you need that question answered for you, go right ahead and give SOMETHING NEW a rental. It's a romantic comedy with next to to laughs ... and even less in the romance department.
Once you realize that the filmmakers are interested in nothing more than climbing aboard a well-travelled soapbox, fully prepared to present every modern racial issue in only the most cartoonish and unrealistic fashion ... you'll fall asleep. Not even the normally hilarious Donald Faison (SCRUBS) can breathe any life into this simplistic husk of a movie, mainly because he's asked to play a character so hatefully dismissive of "whitey" ... you simply won't be able to stand the guy.
And don't even get me started on the grotesque caricature that Alfre Woodard is asked to portray. As Kenya's mother, Woodard delivers an outlandishly grating performance, although much of the blame should be lain at the feet of the screenwriter. I haven't seen a character this one-note hateful since Archie Bunker went off the air.
Just once I'd like to see an "urban-themed" flick that doesn't pander so shamelessly to its intended audience.
There's also a puddle-deep Making Of featurette that runs about 11 minutes and tells you practically nothing about how the movie was made. Plus there's a 30-second movie introduction from actor Blair Underwood, which exists only to make the movie about 30 seconds longer.