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The New Guy (2002)

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Critic Consensus: 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 meek, maladroit ways, and Dizzy is ready to start a new life at a new high school under a new name: Gil Harris. When Gil arrives at East Highland High -- his former inmate reputation known to all -- he quickly ingratiates himself with the cool kids and lays to waste any jocks who stand in his way. He even manages to date the school's most coveted girl, Danielle (Eliza Dushku). But when a face from his past shows up, it seems that his facade as the big man on campus may be about to crumble. The New Guy also stars Zooey Deschanel and Lyle Lovett, and features cameos from rockers Henry Rollins, Gene Simmons, and Tommy Lee.

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Cast

DJ Qualls
as Dizzy Harrison/Gil Harris
Eliza Dushku
as Danielle
Lyle Lovett
as Bear Harrison
Sunny Mabrey
as Courtney
Matt Gogin
as Ed Ligget
Horatio Sanz
as Dance Instructor
Tony Hawk
as Himself
Geoffrey Lewis
as Principal Zaylor
Jerry O'Connell
as Party Twin (uncredited)
Gene Simmons
as Reverend
Tommy Lee
as Himself
Illeana Douglas
as Kiki Pierce
Kurt Fuller
as Mr. Undine
Mike Erwin
as Travis
Conrad Goode
as Billy Ray
Matthew Lee Pelosi
as Young Dizzy
Ryan Waller
as Announcer
Kina Cosper
as Estelle
Robert Van Winkle
as Music Store Employee
Bill Wolkoff
as Music Store Manager
Pride Grinn
as Redneck
Kyle Gass
as Mr. Luberoff
Justine Johnston
as Mrs. Whitman
Billy F. Harden
as Choir Member
Meredith May
as Cheerleader
Andrea Ulmer
as Cheerleader
Saudia Rashed
as Cheerleader
Shana McClendon
as Cheerleader
Camille Chen
as Cheerleader
Jessica Hale
as Cheerleader
Kelly Bright
as Cheerleader
Kristen Anderson
as Cheerleader
Kellye Cunningham
as Cheerleader
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Critic Reviews for The New Guy

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (26)

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

It isn't very good, but it doesn't seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Never gets on the good foot.

November 5, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Written, flatly, by David Kendall and directed, barely, by There's Something About Mary co-writer Ed Decter.

Full Review… | June 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

It's kinda stupid. I watched this because of my fave actress Zooey Deschanel but her underarms scared me!

Dead Angel
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.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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