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The New Guy

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Ed Decter

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About the Movie

Former Prada model and Road Trip co-star D.J. Qualls makes a bid for leading man status in this nerd-makeover comedy. Qualls stars as Dizzy, a dorky but delinquent high school student who's determined to get expelled from his hellish high school — but ends up landing in jail instead. There he meets the intimidating, street-smart Luther (Eddie Griffin), himself a former geek, who takes Dizzy under his wing to teach him the art of being cool. Soon Luther and his pals have broken Dizzy of his meek, maladroit ways, and Dizzy is ready to start a new life at a new high school under a new name: Gil Harris. When Gil arrives at East Highland High — his former inmate reputation known to all — he quickly ingratiates himself with the cool kids and lays to waste any jocks who stand in his way. He even manages to date the school's most coveted girl, Danielle (Eliza Dushku). But when a face from his past shows up, it seems that his facade as the big man on campus may be about to crumble. The New Guy also stars Zooey Deschanel and Lyle Lovett, and features cameos from rockers Henry Rollins, Gene Simmons, and Tommy Lee.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 98
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 91
  • Average Rating: 3.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This is a truly awful movie, made from one of the worst scripts in memory. The New Guy has been on the shelf for more than a year, and it's clear the reason for the long wait wasn't perfectionism. More likely, it was embarrassment. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Aug 8, 2014

Rotten: So wrongheaded that this one couldn't even have looked good on paper. – Renee Graham, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Every bad cliche of every bad high school movie finds a home here. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Aug 8, 2014

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Customer Reviews

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hilarious movie worth the watch let it whip baby


This movie is gross and inapppropriate. It's also absolutely hilarious. I highly recommend buying it. Let me hear you say Amen if your manhood's ever been right angled in front of the whole school! HAHAHA. Great stuff.

the new guy

om g this movie is sooo cool i highly reccomend you buying it.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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