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The New Guy (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 10 May 2002 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Ed Decter

Writer:

David Kendall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
DJ Qualls ... Dizzy
Eliza Dushku ... Danielle
Zooey Deschanel ... Nora
Jerod Mixon ... Kirk
Parry Shen ... Glen
Lyle Lovett ... Bear
Eddie Griffin ... Luther
Sunny Mabrey ... Courtney
Ross Patterson ... Conner
Matt Gogin Matt Gogin ... Ed Ligget
Horatio Sanz ... Dance Instructor
Tony Hawk ... Himself
Geoffrey Lewis ... Principal Zaylor
Charlie O'Connell ... Charlie
Gene Simmons ... Reverend
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Storyline

Dizzy Harrison is an unpopular, high school 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 the technics of being cool from a prison inmate, and enrolls at a new high school under the alias Gil Harris, to make new friends where he soon gains respect from the jocks and geeks alike. Dizzy then gets noticed by the head cheerleader, Danielle, and helps the school football team gain self-respect to win games. But things unknowingly begin to turn sour when Danielle's disgruntled boyfriend begins investigating into "Gil Harris'" past to uncover any dirt on him. Written by Matthew Patay

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A zero will rise See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and mild drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le nouveau See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,007,833, 12 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,972,187, 30 June 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The theatrical version features a Patton (1970) spoof, while the director's cut features a Braveheart (1995) spoof which the director felt would better lead into the payoff at the end. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Kirk says "Would you two get a room?" to Nora and Glen, but you can just about see his face at that moment and his lips aren't moving. See more »

Quotes

Luther: If you're going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk, or else you'll get outlined in chalk.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, there are bloopers. After that, Dizzy and Danielle ride on into the sunset and Danielle falls off the horse. See more »

Connections

References One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) See more »

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Breakout
Written by John Edney, Geoff Turney, Gary P. Dean and Ralph Sall
Produced by Ralph Sall
Performed by OPM
Courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Ties in the elements of teen movies perfectly
16 January 2003 | by phatgrindkingSee all my reviews

As with all teen-based movies, it is wrong to go in with the expectation of a deeply profound and provocative movie. This movie is supposed to be far-fetched and whacky and succeeds perfectly.

The characters are cliched in order to highlight the flaws of the jock, the cheerleader, the geek etc. It is not a byproduct of poorly thought out characters or lack of depth. Rather, the film concentrates on exploiting these cliches for all the humour that they're worth.

If you have the breadth of scope to appreciate the far-out and the obscene, then this is a great movie. If not, lighten up!


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