At the start of the movie, being "all that" yet single is starting to get to her.
She finally agrees after much persuasion from her friends to go out on her very first blind date, and as if this were not uncomfortable enough, she enters Starbucks to find her date good-looking-and very much white. She goes jittery all of sudden doing small talk to strangers of the same skin color. Is it guilt Is it fear of public judgment Whatever it is, it is significantly beyond surprise. She dumps her Caucasian blind date, Brian Kelly (Simon Baker), in record time. But as fate would have it, they meet again at a common friend's engagement party and he ends up being her landscape architect.
The movie shows Kenya as highly professional, impeccably organized, admirably devoted to work. In other words, she is horribly uptight. Brian is unlike Kenya as much in personality as in color. He is accomplished but rugged, direct but sweet, dependable but spontaneous. After some Saturdays and despite much resistance, they fall in love and it seems although he has exactly what she needed-warmth and spontaneity.
She takes out the weave that straightens her hair, and wears her natural curls. Soon her garden comes to life, and so does the rest of her house. Kenya repaints her house essentially getting rid of more than just the original "safe" color beige. She gets rid of her stops, and in the words of her brother (Donald Faison), she starts "dating white men."
Although much of Kenya has changed, some of the deeply-rooted sensibilities remain. Happy as she is, dating out of her race makes her publicly uncomfortably, and the rest of her friends and family are not making it any easier.
The movie shows Brian to be more nonchalant about the situation or perhaps more patient towards the tight community he is intruding in. Something New is one movie that does not seem to conceal its agenda. The movie raises issues such as the African Americans' distrust toward the Caucasians. For Brian, the relationship resembles entering a fraternity, a secret society of sorts where the rules of the game are unwritten and unspoken, where the game itself is unspoken, where skin color seems to spell the difference between make and break. Amidst the pressure of her family, primarily her mother and her own secret discomfort, a dashing African American character gets into the scene.
He is Mark (Blair Underwood), a lawyer and a mentor of Kenya's brother, who has the unbelievable combination of being handsome, successful and charming. He is IBM all right. When racial prejudice and the pressure of being up for promotion sends Kenya into a fit, he and Brian break up, and she falls right into the hands of Mark. Her family and friends are very supportive if not altogether overjoyed.
Brian gets pushed into the sidelines because everything seems to be falling into place. There is just one problem: she is not happy. How does one deal when every thing is in fact right but none of it feels right
Although Something New has moments of seriousness and racial commentaries, it is still on the whole a feel-good movie, a love story at that. When Kenya realizes and