So why is scripter Kriss Turner, a veteran of generic sitcom writing, attempting to blow the dust off the concept for newfound laughs? Turner's treatment for Sanaa Hamri's Something New pits races against each other to tell the often-turbulent courtship of Kenya (Sanaa Lathan), a black accountant, and Brian (Simon Baker), her white landscape architect. Color colors everything for this duo as they try to make a relationship work, and New overplays the racial chip on its shoulder to the detriment of the romantic date movie that's buried at its core.
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Most "inspiring true story" movies have their truth panel-beaten into a prefabricated formula and served up like a Sunday School lesson. But "Antwone Fisher" is something special. Part old-fashioned Hollywood up-by-the-bootstraps plot and part angry young product of the ugly underbelly of foster care, it's a film that delves far deeper than expected and packs a real emotional punch.
Antwone Fisher is a first-time screenwriter who sold his autobiographical script while working as a security guard on the Sony Pictures lot. But that was the end of a long journey that began with his birth in prison two months after his father was murdered. His early childhood was spent in an orphanage, where his mother failed to come claim him when she was released. His adolescence was spent being beaten, berated and sexually abused at the hands of his foster family in a Cleveland ghetto.
His teens were spent in reform school and on the street after his foster mother gave him $67 and dumped him off at a men's shelter. And when the film catches up with Fisher, he's a quiet and modest but defensive Navy petty officer with a hair-trigger temper who has just been busted down to seaman and docked $200 a month for six months after beating up another sailor.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.