That workaholic Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) actually agreed to go on a blind date made for a shocking upset in the epic battle between her head and her heart. But the head quickly regained control once the date was revealed to be a white guy (Simon Baker).

As lauded as Crash was for its exploration of race relations in America, that “exploration” was as much a clash of caricatures and platitudes as anything else. Something New didn't command nearly the same fanfare upon release, but its exploration of interracial relationships is just as honest and, thanks to some self-restraint, endlessly more authentic.

The trick, ironically, is to be a movie first and a lesson-drenched morality play second. And that's exactly what New , which is as funny as it is serious, does. Blair Underwood, Donald Faison, Mike Epps and Alfre Woodard also star.

Extras: Underwood introduction, making-of feature, (weak) dating tips.

Grade: A