New Guy, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

High school can be an agonizing time in a young persons life, particularly when theyre targets for pranks by popular bullies. Dizzy Gillespie Harrison (DJ Qualls) knows from experience, but thinks his senior year will be different. In this improbable tale, a school infraction earns him a short stay in the local prison unit. Luther (Eddie Griffith), a long-term prisoner, befriends Dizzy and teaches him how to change his image. Wanting a fresh start in a new school, Dizzy gets expelled from Rocky Creek High and enters East Highlands as Gil Harris. Using what he learned from Luther, Gil quickly gains popularity in the new setting and even helps motive the losing football team into a winning year. But the championship game against Rocky Creek could expose his embarrassing past. Older teens and young adults will recognize some of the humorous truths in both school and business as Dizzy learns the ins and outs of being THE NEW GUY.

Although the film tries hard to be likable and delivers some good messages, it is also filled with objectionable material typical of teen-oriented comedies. At Rocky Creek, Dizzy is often the target for pranks and a noticeable arousal earns a painful injury. A gospel choir sings in a mall and the leader talks about abstinence being hip. Dizzy, however, grabs the microphone and parodies evangelistic style preaching while telling about his sexual frustrations. This minor disturbance earns his first stay in the local prison where he meets Luther. Recognizing similar experiences in high school, Luther teaches Dizzy how to act tough, including kicking a guys crotch to win a fight. One of the prisoners is a transvestite, whose picture Dizzy later uses as his girlfriend to impress guys. In the new school, Dizzys new tough guy image attracts propositions from girls, including an offer to make out and take our clothes off from a popular cheerleader with a promiscuous reputation. The offer is inadvertently rejected by a fall off a roof. Trying to get expelled from Rocky Creek, Dizzy videos the principle on the commode, complete with sounds. Dizzys father (Lyle Lovett) shows support for his son, but misunderstands Dizzys actions as indications of drug use. After denying his friends in front of a new girlfriend, Dizzy later apologizes and uses his new popularity to make positive changes in the school, including inspiring the students to treat others better. When confronted by his embarrassing past, his new friends support Dizzy. He even learns that the most popular people have overcome embarrassing pasts. Unfortunately, the positive messages are mixed with crude sexual material, vulgar language and inappropriate moderate violence.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (34) times - Mild 4, moderate 30

Obscene Language: Many (18+) times - S-word 11, other 6 (plus anatomical slang chanted numerous times), finger gesture 1

Profanity: Several (5) times - Regular 2 (GD, G awful), exclamatory 3 (OMG 2, My Lord)

Violence: Many times Moderate (hit w/ football, kicks to crotch several times, hit w/trashcan, run into pole, pushing/shoving, food thrown at man, statue burned, mild crash of motorcycle into bush, fall off roof, short boy put in can and rolled down hill, burning marshmallow sticks to mans face, scuffle, thrown from mechanical bull into wall, board broken over head)

Sex: None

Nudity: (rubber female breasts put on man); Near Nudity Several times (cheerleaders show underwear few times, low cut blouse/ cleavage emphasized, bikinis modeled)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (cheerleaders do sensual dance moves several times, mans arousal noted, older woman grabs teens crotch, ice on injured crotch, comment about injury to crotch, girls discuss new guy, girl graphically propositions guy, reference to girls promiscuous reputation, comment about almost having sex, girl rides mechanical bull sensually, student chant slang anatomical term for teens crotch injury)

Drugs: Few times - implied teens drinking alcohol at party, father thinks son is using illegal drugs

Other: Guys embarrassed with underwear put on head, gospel choir sings in mall, preacher talks about abstinence, teen jailed for minor infractions, man on toilets, flatulence/elimination sounds, guys urinate in bushes sounds, teen encourages football team, teen denies friends but apologizes, father supportive of son but misunderstands, teen uses popularity to make positive changes, teen admits truth discovers others like him

Running Time: 87 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and young adults

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