• The New Guy (2002)

The New Guy

Release Date: May 10th, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2002

PG-13 |1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison (D.J. Qualls) has finally gotten lucky - he has a second chance to be the guy with no past in "The New Guy," a hilarious story about wiping the slate clean and reinventing yourself. Transforming from dud to stud at his new school with the help of inmate Luther, geeky Dizzy becomes the cool Gil Harris and sets out to destroy the popularity-obsessed social system, boost school morale and win the heart of Danielle (Eliza Dushku).

Cast: DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel, Lyle Lovett, Jerod Mixon, Illeana Douglas, Parry Shen, Kurt Fuller

Director: Ed Decter

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Bedlam Pictures, Revolution Studios, Frontier Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Amusing, Prison, Lighthearted, Transformation, 2000s, Investigation, Rise, Cheeky, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If physical appearance creates its own class system (in high school and beyond), then Qualls is perfect for this proselytizing role. He has that rarest of movie-star faces -- one that over comes the tyranny of beauty. show more

  • 63
    Chris KaltenbachBaltimore Sun

    The New Guy doesn't have a new idea in its head, but it trods over the old ground with such wit and heart that its lack of originality can be overlooked, if not entirely forgiven.

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It makes little sense, fails as often as it succeeds, and yet is not hateful and is sometimes quite cheerfully original. show more

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