Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 2006. Gramercy Pictures, Homegrown Pictures. Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Stephanie Allain. Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin. Production Design by Mayne Berke. Costume Design by Hope Hanafin. Film Editing by Melissa Kent.
Workaholic financial consultant Sanaa Lathan has her idea of the IBM (Ideal Black Male) for a mate, something she and her girlfriends discuss whenever they get together to drink and dish. When she meets gorgeous, and white, Simon Baker, she hires him to landscape her backyard and accidentally falls madly in love with him. Things should be going well except that she’s so preoccupied with the life she and her family and friends expect her to have that she forgets to live the one that’s right in front of her. Things come even more to a head when doctor Blair Underwood shows up and fulfills all of Lathan’s expectations but not necessarily her passions. This sensitive and smart look at the minefield experience of relationships tackles themes of race, class and gender, not to mention our ideas of happiness compared with the realities of it, with a lot of sharp observations and sweet situations. Sometimes it veers into the shallow and sitcomish, but for the most part it’s kept afloat by appealing performances, particularly by the two gorgeous leads, and intelligent direction.