A Double Feature Recommendation

I’m not ashamed to admit that I like to enjoy a movie with a cute, yet insightful message from time to time.  I like romantic movies because they’re comforting. I like the warm and safe feeling they give me; if they are done right they can be truly significant. Today, I will be recommending two romance films that you can watch while cuddling up with your significant other.

Both these films have a great message and are well made. They also just so happen to star the always mesmerizing Sanaa Lathan.  These are not my favorite films of hers. In fact, I think she has so many other films that I would place above these, but I recently did a double feature of them with my family and it was an enjoyable experience. Both films revolve around a high maintenance, professional woman, played by Lathan, who is struggling to find love and herself. You can find both these films on Netlfix.

Something New (2006)

something new
Image courtesy of Amazon

3.4/5| Drama| Romance| 1h 40m

Director: Sanaa Hamri
Screenplay: Kriss Turner
Cinematography: Shane Hurlbut

Kenya McQueen (Lathan) is a successful yet extremely uptight accounting executive who falls in love with her landscaper Brian (Simon Baker). He is the perfect guy for her in every way except one: he’s white. We follow them as they try to pursue a relationship in a world still stuck in its ignorant ways . Will they make it or will they let their societal views get in the way of what they know is meant to be?

Nappily Ever After (2018)

Image courtesy of CNet

3/5| Comedy| Drama| Romance| 1h 38m

Director: Haifaa al-Mansour
Screenplay: Adam Brooks, Cee Marcellus
Cinematography: Alar Kivilo

Lathan is back as Violet, a perfectionist advertising executive (noticing a pattern?) whose life revolves around making everyone else in her life happy. All she thinks about day in and day out is how she can be the perfect employee, daughter and girlfriend, but when her boyfriend of two years doesn’t propose to her, she cuts off her hair and goes on a journey of self-discovery. It’s cute.

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