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Review #28 of 365
Film: Something New [PG-13] 100 minutes
When 1st Seen: 7 February 2006
Where Viewed: Metropolitan Metrolux 14, Loveland, CO
Time: 5:00 p.m.
The first thing I loved about this movie was its title. How great is it when the title of a film allows for the creation of an Abott and Costello routine. Your friend asks you, “So, what movie do you want to see?”
“I don’t know.” You say. “How about Something New?”
“Of course,” your friend follows. “I want to see something new too, of course. Who wants to see something old?”
“Oh, I don’t know. I haven’t heard of that one. When did it come out? I might want to see Something Old more than Something New.”
“What do you mean? You just said you wanted to see something new. I agreed and said I’d prefer to see something new versus something old.”
“Well, listen,” you continue, “I really would like to see Something New then. I guess.”
“Ok, then we agree,” your friend continues. “We will see something new. So what then are we going to see exactly?”
“Right, but which movie?”
“The movie IS Something New.”
“Arrgghhhh. Since you cannot seem to remember the title, can you, at least, tell who’s in it?”
Ah, for me it never gets old. I even tried it out on the ticket seller at the box office. He asked, “What would you like to see.” I said, “I don’t know how about Something New.” He said, “Well, new this wek there is When a Stranger Calls and Something New.” I asked, “What’s the other new film.” He said, “Something New is the other new film.” Then he realized he’d fallen for it. It was poetry.
So, how about Something New then? Ah, yes, the movie. Well, the title says it all. The film is about trying something new in order to find out who you really are. Ironic, isn’t it, that we should have to try new things to discover ourselves, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. You don’t discover the real you inside your comfort zone, wearing your usual clothes and ego-self-defense mask. You find it when you live on a whim, throw caution to the wind, and grasp that each new day brings the potential for a whole new you. In this case we have the amazingly beautiful Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) who is all prim and proper and on her way to becoming partner in her business firm meeting up with Brian (Simon Baker) –a landscape architect who knows how to worth with hard earth and make it bloom, or so he says.” The dramatic tension for the film bears out in the form of racism via Kenya and Brian as Brian strives to get to know the real Kenya and Kenya struggles to figure out who she is and what’s really in her heart. There are a lot of great characters in this film--which attempts to get at stereotypes and push past them. I long for the day when people in the USA will go to see this movie not because of any sort of novelty factor or race relations issue, but because this is a great story about people who fail to really live life because they are caught in the maelstrom of living up to parental or societal expectations/pressures. The characters showed growth and development and the writing and wit in the film were quite sharp. This film is definitely worth a look. It is an especially good date movie for Valentine’s Day.
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