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The New Guy (2002)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 97
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 90

Incoherent, silly, and unoriginal, The New Guy offers up the same old teen gross-out comedy cliches.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 23

Incoherent, silly, and unoriginal, The New Guy offers up the same old teen gross-out comedy cliches.



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Former Prada model and Road Trip co-star D.J. Qualls makes a bid for leading man status in this nerd-makeover comedy. Qualls stars as Dizzy, a dorky but delinquent high school student who's determined to get expelled from his hellish high school -- but ends up landing in jail instead. There he meets the intimidating, street-smart Luther (Eddie Griffin), himself a former geek, who takes Dizzy under his wing to teach him the art of being cool. Soon Luther and his pals have broken Dizzy of his



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Aug 13, 2002


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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (90) | DVD (22)

A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It isn't very good, but it doesn't seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Never gets on the good foot.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is a truly awful movie, made from one of the worst scripts in memory. The New Guy has been on the shelf for more than a year, and it's clear the reason for the long wait wasn't perfectionism. More likely, it was embarrassment.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Written, flatly, by David Kendall and directed, barely, by There's Something About Mary co-writer Ed Decter.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's a fun, upbeat movie, and there are scenes that are downright hilarious.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

So what's new about The New Guy? Not much, actually.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

DJ Qualls does possess some charm, but not the chutzpah to make the forced humor float.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A very forgettable new teen comedy.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Despite the endearing presence of DJ Qualls, this feeble farce scrapes the bottom of the gross-out barrel with pitiful results.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Maybe the only thing revelatory about The New Guy is how redemptive a good heart can be to even the most derivative film. Be prepared to smile.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The New Guy is a waste of talent and time.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Lame, hokey, filled with plot holes, and cursed with a lazy script.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Joyless dreck, another dumbed-down teen comedy fired out of Hollywood with all the crudeness of a spitball.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Likeable characters and a cliched but meatier-than-usual story for a teen comedy.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

No words can describe how truly awful this movie is.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The New Guy's no worse than other teen recent teen-aimed flicks like Slackers, but that's not exactly a compliment.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Algumas piadas são muito boas, mas, de modo geral, o filme decepciona. Caso se mantivesse politicamente incorreto, seria melhor.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Too little Griffin and too much toilet humor equals too bad for The New Guy.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

Mentioning plot holes or logical discrepancies would be almost redundant; this is a case where no critic's opinion will affect the film's failure.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Tries too hard to be funny in a way that's too loud, too goofy and too short of an attention span.

October 6, 2002

Audience Reviews for The New Guy

Without a nexus, cliched and dumb screenplay that The New Guy lose his "quality" being just another comercial sex teen American movie. Of course the film bring also very funny scenes and a good soundtrack with funk hits. But unfortunately it doesn't save The New Guy. Rotten.
July 4, 2012
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Super Reviewer

It's kinda stupid. I watched this because of my fave actress Zooey Deschanel but her underarms scared me!
April 21, 2011
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Not very original and unintelligent however the actors did a good job in creating a good and funny film to lighten spirits. I like DJ Qualls and he is perfectly cast and he's the best thing in it. Fairly funny but not amazingly great.
August 10, 2010

Super Reviewer

I like this movie cuz it's kinda dumb but completely genuine about it! The novelty of hip, smartish teen comedies has worn off on me a bit but do watch it! It's hilarious! Eliza Dushku is hot.
April 16, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Kirk: That is without doubt the sluttiest girl I have ever seen!
    2. Dizzy Harrison/Gil Harris: I know! Isn't it great?
    3. Glen: Diz, you have to do her. And while you're with her, think of me. Okay, that sounded gay.
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