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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.



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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le nouveau  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,007,833 (USA) (10 May 2002)


$26,906 (South Africa) (6 September 2002)

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Did You Know?


Students at W. Charles Akins High School were not allowed to be extras in the film despite the fact that the film was partially shot there. This was because extras were required to be at least 18 years old, and at the time Akins' only had 9th and 10th grade students. However, several teachers and staff of Akins High School got to be extras. See more »


At Danielle's restaurant, the lights that form the shape of a cowboy in the background change from facing the left to facing the right between shots. See more »


Luther: You know those moments when a man makes a decision that'll change his entire life and he steps up to become the hero he was meant to be? This ain't one of those moments.
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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 »


Spoofs Risky Business (1983) See more »


Girl All the Bad Guys Want
Written by Butch Walker and Jaret Reddick
Performed by Bowling for Soup
Courtesy of Jive/Silvertone Records
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User Reviews

Crazy Eyes!
10 May 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

So back when I was in high school The New Guy was released and my best friend and I saw it together, all I could say was that I wanted to pull a Dizzy, re-vamp my whole act for the school, we can all dream, right? But anyways onto the movie, The New Guy is actually a really funny high school comedy that is sure to deliver a few good laughs. I think the reason why is because of the cast, it looked like they just had a blast making this movie and made it completely entertaining. While it's definitely not the best acted or stands out against all other high school comedies, this formula worked and DJ Qualls truly made the movie into something special. He and Eddie Griffin were great for The New Guy, a new twist on the typical high school tale of freaks, geeks and beautiful people.

Prison inmate, Luther tells us the story of Dizzy Gillespie Harrison, a 18-year-old high school senior and nerd. Dizzy is friends with Nora, Kirk and Glen, and attends Rocky Creek High School, where he is picked on by star football player Barclay. This occurs before and after Tina Osgood causes him to have an erection, which the school librarian accidentally breaks. Dizzy is misdiagnosed with Tourette syndrome; he is then illegally placed on medication by the school counselor. While at the mall's food court, Dizzy makes a fool of himself and gets arrested. In prison, Dizzy meets Luther, who turns out to be a sympathetic ex-victim who makes it his goal to teach him how to be cool. In an attempt to wipe the slate clean, Dizzy gets himself expelled from his old high school, then undergoes a makeover with the help of the prison inmates. Changing his name to 'Gil Harris', he enrolls at East Highland High and makes an impression by being dropped off in a prison van and beating up the school bully, Connor. The action has an intended effect, and head cheerleader, Danielle, welcomes the newcomer to school. Everything goes to plan, he's cool, popular, and everyone looks up to him… little does the school know what Diz actually was at one point.

I really did enjoy The New Guy, I still love watching it today. There are a lot of great bits, but I think what my friend and I always have a great time watching is when the prisoners are teaching Dizzy how to be tough, especially when Luther teaches Diz "the crazy eyes". This movie has a lot of memorable moments in it, I don't know if it's enough though for The New Guy to stand out as a classic high school comedy. But I do recommend it if you get the chance, it has a great soundtrack, a cool story and fun characters. Diz definitely made Madonna run for her money with his new re-invention of himself.


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