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Just One of the Guys (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  26 April 1985 (USA)
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Terry Griffith has got it all -- looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that's a shoo-in to win her a summer internship at the local newspaper... or so she thinks.... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Griffith (as Billy Jacoby)
Toni Hudson ...
Stuart Charno ...
Coach Mickey Morrison
Mr. Raymaker
Mark (as Steve Basil)
J. Williams ...
Julian & Prom Band - Brock / Davis


Terry Griffith has got it all -- looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that's a shoo-in to win her a summer internship at the local newspaper... or so she thinks. When Terry's journalism teacher passes her article up in favor of a couple of pieces written by boys, Terry is convinced that sexism is to blame. Determined to win the internship at any cost, Terry goes undercover at a rival high school to resubmit her article... as a boy. But Terry gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself fending off a bully and the advances of an oversexed female admirer, and falling for her new pal Rick. Written by Faith

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Terry Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before. See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Was a Teenage Boy  »

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$11,500,000 (USA)

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Clayton and Debra both were in the movie April fools day together. See more »


The establishing shot of the boys in the locker room shower show that they are all naked but when Greg Tolan comes out to be handed a towel by Terry he can be seen wearing something below his waist. See more »


Deborah: [Deborah and Greg are in the cafeteria, where Deborah calls out to Terry] Excuse me, hi! Thanks, it worked great!
[to Greg]
Deborah: He knew how to fix my earring.
Greg Tolan: That's 'cause he's a little tulip!
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Referenced in Full House: Just One of the Guys (1988) See more »


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One of my favs of the '80s
9 January 2001 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

I got this movie at a rental store in 1985. It had already been out and I guess didn't do well so it went straight to video. We asked the guy at the counter what was a good movie to see. He recommended this one. Good choice. I must have seen it about 25 times now.

It's a cute movie about a girl who thinks she's a hot shot school reporter but she gets shot down during a school contest. Winner of the contest gets to work at a real paper during the summer. So she gets in drag(?) as a boy and goes to another school to resubmit it there. Still doesn't get accepted. So the teacher tells her to think of another story with an interesting angle. This is how she turns her future experences as a boy at that new school into "I was a teenage boy for eight weeks"!

This has old stars and new ones in it. Old being Leigh McCloskey from "Dallas" (as the boyfriend) and Toni Hudson of "Cross Creek" and "Places In the Heart" (as the girlfriend). The new stars are Arye Gross from TV's "Ellen" (as one of the geeks), William Zabka of the "Karate Kid" (as the bully), and Sherilyn Fenn of Twin Peaks (as girl who wants the new kid).

Clayton Ruhner is very good in his second ever role. Joyce Hyser is cute and funny as the girl/boy. Though her character is a bit stuckup, she changes her view in at the end. After all, beauty has fallen for the beast, er.. I mean geek. The rest of the cast is good and together makes this movie fun to watch.

Special mention to Billy Jayne as the horny brother who is so desperate to have sex he will try anything to get it. If you get a chance to see it unedited, do it and I know that you will enjoy this cute look at '80s teenage life. Though I don't remember school being like this.

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