The New Guy

The New Guy

Ed Decter (2002)

84min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Roadtrip's DJ Qualls plays the nerd again in this excruciating teen comedy. Directed by There's Something about Mary co-writer Ed Decter, the film is a formulaic jumble of crass visual gags, limp dialogue and social stereotyping in the Scary Movie mould. Qualls plays drippy senior Dizzy, who reinvents himself as the epitome of high-school cool and, of course, gets the hottest girl (Eliza Dushku) with the assistance of a black convict with attitude. It's blatantly unfunny and infuriatingly repetitious, underscoring its faults with a saccharine ending that patronisingly proclaims "it's OK to be an outcast". Decter works overtime to raise a laugh and give his project some teen kudos, littering the wafer-thin plot with lame movie parodies and pointless rock star cameos. But when the only humour among a tide of human waste and sexual innuendos comes from Lyle Lovett getting a flaming marshmallow in the eye, you know he's failed miserably.

Summary

A high-school misfit tires of being perceived as the geeky kid by his classmates. Engineering his own expulsion, he sets about trying to reinvent himself as the coolest kid at his new school, but struggles to maintain his new image. Teen comedy, starring DJ Qualls, Eddie Griffin, Eliza Dushku and Zooey Deschanel.

Cast & Crew

Dizzy/Gil Harris DJ Qualls
Luther Eddie Griffin
Danielle Eliza Dushku
Nora Zooey Deschanel
Bear Harrison Lyle Lovett
Kirk Jerod Mixon
Kiki Pierce Illeana Douglas
Glen Parry Shen
Director Ed Decter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy