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Something New | 2006 | PG-13 | - 6.1.3

A successful, professional African-American woman (Sanaa Lathan) is feeling the pressure from her friends and family to be more open to new people, and to date instead of burying herself in her work. She resists as long as she can, but then she meets a man (Simon Baker) with whom she falls in love and cannot bring herself to leave him, despite the disapproval from her parents and friends who are upset because he's white. Also with Blair Underwood, Alfre Woodard, Donald Faison and Mike Epps. Directed by Sanaa Hamri. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, he lifts her up and puts her down on a table, they continue to kiss, she begins to remove his shirt (we see his bare back), they moan, and we see them in bed together talking (he is bare-chested and she wears a slinky nightgown).
 A man and a woman dance on a stage during a performance and their movements and gestures appear sexual: the man caresses the woman and she quivers, they thrust toward each other, and she wraps her legs around his waist (Men and women also dance together in a few club scenes). A man teaches a woman how to golf: he holds her while standing behind her, he wiggles her hips, he touches her knee and he kisses her on the neck.
 A woman wearing bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen and bare thighs are visible) lies on a bed, a bare-chested man sits on the floor at the foot of the bed and paints her toenails, then kisses her leg, her abdomen and then chest. Women wear off the shoulder dresses revealing bare shoulders and cleavage in a few scenes, a woman wears a dress that is low-cut in the back revealing her bare back and shoulders, a woman wears a shirt that is laced up in the front and cleavage is visible through the laces, and a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately at a restaurant. A man and a woman kiss tenderly. A husband and wife kiss in a few scenes.
 A woman admires a man's flexing muscles as he loosens a tree stump from the ground. Four women admire a man as he walks by and they make sounds of appreciation. Several men admire a woman as she walks away and make sounds of appreciation.
 A woman talks about not wanting to be someplace because, as she says, "I could be home pleasuring myself." A chef looks at a woman and says, "Who's ready for something hot and sweet?" A woman says, "I don't do dogs" and a man misunderstands thinking that she meant something sexual. A woman talks about not liking "kinky sex." A woman accuses another woman of having sex with married men.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A comedian makes reference to the "DC Sniper," and a comedian talks about being chopped up by a man and put in the freezer. A woman screams and runs out from some shrubs because a spider had crawled in her hair.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 8 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (stupid), 1 religious profanity, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a nightclub, people drink alcohol at a dinner, people drink champagne in a few party scenes, and a man and a woman drink wine with dinner. Several men are shown smoking cigars.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, interracial relationships, "black tax," love, having what you want, chauvinism, infidelity, stress, pressure to succeed, arrogance, prejudice vs. preference, workaholics, parental control of their children's lives, male and female roles in the Muslim religion, casual sexual relationships, trust, adventures, preconceived notions, hope, being shallow, internet stalkers, blind dates, snobbery, divorce, high society.

MESSAGE - Make decisions for yourself and not to satisfy the people around you.

(Note: A man asks a woman if she, "does white guys" and she says she "prefers black men.")

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