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New Guy (2003)

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A skinny weak guy in high school wants to be popular. He goes to prison to be tough and attractive



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A hapless thief gets more than he bargained for when he starts scoping out an old woman's luggage.

Director: Bilge Ebiri
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Janes ...
Jonathan Uffelman ...
The Janitor
Tobi-Lyn Byers ...
Hank Prehodka ...
The Boss
Harvey Kaufman ...
Jana Mestecky ...
Ted (as Dustin Brown)
Catherine Cushman ...
Jane Napier ...
Sandra (as Jayne Napier)
Tracy Tobin ...
The Orientation Speaker
Robert Pollack ...
The Faxer


A skinny weak guy in high school wants to be popular. He goes to prison to be tough and attractive

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Sacrifice equals success

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5 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Eleman  »

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$55,000 (estimated)

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Jim: Nice to meet you, Gregg. Is that with one G or two G's?
Gregg: Three G's, actually.
Jim: Three G's? You mean, like, Greggg?
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References C.H.U.D. (1984) See more »


Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Music by Manuel de Falla
Performed by The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice)
Antoni Wit, Conductor
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Good debut for Bilge Ebiri.....
18 October 2004 | by (Roanoke, Va.) – See all my reviews

I have had a chance to view this dark comedy (I'm not sure the horror classification is entirely accurate, but...) several times now. Bilge Ebiri, a fellow Turkish-American, shows an appreciation for films of many genres. One can see the influences of Kubrick, Capra (yes, I said Capra), Hitchcock, Wilder, DePalma, and the Coen Bros., yet the film is strikingly original. The title character is caught up in a nightmare of office politics, where an annoying toy car and Post-It notes become deeper symbols of his social oppression which indeed follows him home from work. This is illustrated quite well in a scene where the title character is caught between two attractive women as they talk about the difficulties of having sex in New York. The scene is made funny by the fact that both of them are completely oblivious to him despite his physical promixity. Thus, he is a man who is ignored by women and ostrechized by men. He seemingly can not win, but like most tragic heroes, he is determined not to lose. The film's digital shoot gives it an intimate quality and the tight spaces makes us feel for the title's character's inherent suffocation. As a former newspaper reporter, I could certainly relate to this film and it reminds me of the lyrics to that old Nick Lowe song "Cruel to be Kind." "New Guy" is an intriguing, subversive look at the 9-to-5 hell that is the modern workplace.

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