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.
88 min, 92 min (director's cut)
1.37 : 1
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and mild drug references.
High School, Geek, Cheerleader, Prison, Teen
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Teen Movie, Romantic Comedy, Prison Film
Underdogs, High School Life, Starting Over, Opposites Attract
Goofy, Raunchy, Easygoing, Rousing, Silly
Just for Laughs
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US Box Office
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The New Guy is a 2002 American teen comedy directed by Ed Decter. The film tells the story of a high school loser Dizzy Gillespie Harrison. Dizzy is an unpopular, high school band geek going through a hellish senior year. In an attempt to make a new identity for himself, Dizzy gets himself expelled from his high school, learns how to be cool from a prison inmate, and enrolls at a new high school under the alias Gil Harris. He is quick to make new friends and soon gains respect from jocks and geeks alike, uniting a once divided school and greatly improving its football team. Eventually, Gil has to face his demons from his old school when they face each other in a football game.
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The movie begins with a prison inmate, Luther (Eddie Griffin), speaking directly to the camera to an unseen individual, telling the story of Dizzy Gillespie Harrison (DJ Qualls), an 18-year-old high school senior and nerd. Dizzy is friends with Nora (Zooey Deschanel), Kirk (Jerod Mixon) and Glen (Parry Shen),, who together started a funk rock band and are addicted to video games. They attend Rocky Creek High School, where Dizzy is picked on by basically everyone, but especially star football player Barclay. This occurs before and after Tina Osgood, the school's sex symbol, causes him to have an erection, which the school librarian (played by Justine Johnston) accidentally "breaks". What the librarian did not realize is that Dizzy's white briefs were yanked from underneath his pants and placed around his head - revealing the erect penis in plain sight instead of "covering it." Dizzy is misdiagnosed with Tourette syndrome; he is then placed on medication by the school counselor who advises his father (Lyle Lovett) to spend every moment possible with him. While at the mall's food court, the heavily medicated Dizzy makes a fool of himself at a church revival and gets arrested.
In prison, Dizzy meets Luther, who turns out to be a sympathetic ex-victim who makes it his goal to teach him how to be cool. In an attempt to wipe the slate clean, Dizzy gets himself expelled from his old high school, then undergoes a makeover with the help of the prison inmates and guards. Changing his name to 'Gil Harris', he enrolls at East Highland High and makes an impression by being dropped off in a prison van in restraints and beating up the school bully, Connor.
The action has an intended effect, and head cheerleader, Danielle (Eliza Dushku), welcomes the newcomer to school. Her friend Courtney (Sunny Mabrey) invites Dizzy to a party and through a mishap, Dizzy gives Courtney the impression that he has rejected her. Using a photo given to him by the prison inmates and help from his old friends, Dizzy manages to escape the party with his reputation intact. Upon returning home, however, he finds his father has agreed to sell his house and quit work to supervise him, which results in the pair living in a trailer.
At the football game, Dizzy, referencing General Patton in the film,
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