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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.
DJ Qualls Dizzy Harrison/Gil Harris
Eliza Dushku Danielle
Zooey Deschanel Nora
Jerod Mixon Kirk
Parry Shen Glen
Lyle Lovett Bear Harrison
Eddie Griffin Luther
Sunny Mabrey Courtney
Ross Patterson Connor Maguire
Matt Gogin Ed Ligget
Horatio Sanz Dance Instructor
Tony Hawk Drillers Fan
Geoffrey Lewis Principal Zaylor
Charlie O'Connell Highland High Party Twin #2
Gene Simmons Reverend
Director: Ed Decter
Producer: Mark Ciardi,Todd Garner,Gordon Gray
Writer: David Kendall
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 revenge.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 5.3
Musician: Ralph Sall
Running time: 88 min / 92 min (director's cut)
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3