Something New (2006)
Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) is a successful, single African-American woman, whose life has become all work and no play because of her competitive job as a CPA. Her obsessive compulsive desire for perfection and control exhibits itself in the bland, colorless furnishings ("like a hotel") in her new home, and in what her friends call "The List," the attributes she wants in her IBM or "ideal black man." Urged to "let go and let flow," Kenya later accepts a blind date set up by her co-worker Leah Cahan, who is in the process of planning the kind of wedding that Kenya often dreams about. At Magic Johnson's Starbucks, Kenya rudely turns down the date, Brian Kelly (Simon Baker), a handsome and free-spirited white landscape architect, when she sees that he is not at all what she expected.
Soon, the two meet again at Leah's wedding shower, and though Brian isn’t what she pictures for herself, Kenya hires Brian to landscape her unkempt backyard garden. Over time, the employer-employee relationship develops into friendship, and then love. Through Brian, she starts to feel comfortable about not only transforming her backyard and her living environment, but herself as well. However, Kenya can’t shake off her reservations about their romance. The opinions of her girlfriends Cheryl (Wendy Raquel Robinson), Nedra (Taraji P. Henson), and Suzette (Golden Brooks), of her affluent parents, and of her womanizing younger brother Nelson (Donald Faison) begin to have a deleterious effect on how she views her relationship with Brian and inevitably, their differences pull them apart. It's Nelson who then hurriedly pushes Kenya into the arms of a more acceptable suitor, tax lawyer Mark Harper (Blair Underwood), his law school mentor who has just relocated to Los Angeles. Mark would please Joyce, their social-climbing mother (Alfre Woodard); however, her physician father, Edmond (Earl Billings) senses a difference in how his daughter interacts with the two men. Everything Kenya thought she wanted is challenged, and nothing Mark does seems to make her feel as alive as when she was with Brian. When the dissonance that she’s created in her mind finally overwhelms her, Kenya chooses to go after Brian, no longer allowing her controlling nature and social norms to dictate the matters of her heart.