The New Guy (2002)
USA / English
"A zero will rise "A high school senior branded uncool in the ninth grade gets himself expelled so he changes his image to cool kid at the town's other high school.
May not be a classic, but it works fairly well.
Fed up with being the target of some awfully cruel pranks, a determined
teen, Dizzy (D.J. Qualls) decides to get himself expelled from the high
school that he attends just so he can go to a different high school nearby
and work on improving his image.
"The New Guy" may not be a classic, but it works fairly well in depicting
Dizzy's attempt to be like James Dean or Steve McQueen in a positive way.
What I liked about the movie is it tries (not hard enough) to show what it
likes to become popular and some people like me never got that chance to be
cool. Plus, some of us knew better not to go too far in gaining the
attention of certain preps. And how Dizzy gets even with some of his foes
(old and new) is somewhat acceptable.
Qualls, who I liked in "Road Trip", comes through again with an
everyman-type of performance and so do Eliza Dushku and Eddie Griffin, who
play a key role for Dizzy. Dushku, the noble cheerleader who sympathizes
and befriends Dizzy and Griffin, the mentor in prison/narrator, who teaches
Dizzy to give anyone an "intimidating" look, which is done quicker than John
Belushi with a whip in hand.
I recommend the movie for teens who feel put down and who want to show
they're not easy to take advantage of, but don't go to drastic options for
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