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The New Guy

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ed Decter
Produced by Greg Silverman
John J. Strauss
Written by David Kendall
Starring DJ Qualls
Eddie Griffin
Eliza Dushku
Zooey Deschanel
Lyle Lovett
Music by Ralph Sall
Cinematography Michael D. O'Shea
Editing by David Rennie
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Release date(s) May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10) (USA)
Running time 89 min. (original)
93 min. (director's edition)
Language English
Gross revenue $31,167,388 ($37,692,409.1)

The New Guy is a 2002 American teen comedy directed by Ed Decter. The film tells the story of a high school loser Dizzy Gillespie Harrison.[1] Dizzy is an unpopular, high school band 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 how to be cool from a prison inmate, and enrolls at a new high school under the alias Gil Harris. He is quick to make new friends and soon gains respect from jocks and geeks alike, uniting a once divided school and greatly improving its football team. Eventually, Gil has to face his demons from his old school when they face each other in a football game.



This is Dizzy Harrison after Barclay and his friends yank his underwear from underneath his pants. Mrs. Whitman is trying to confiscate his penis.

The movie begins with a prison inmate, Luther (Eddie Griffin), speaking directly to the camera to an unseen individual, telling the story of Dizzy Gillespie Harrison (DJ Qualls), an 18-year-old high school senior and nerd. Dizzy is friends with Nora (Zooey Deschanel), Kirk (Jerod Mixon) and Glen (Parry Shen),[2] 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,[2] which the school librarian (played by Justine Johnston) accidentally breaks.[1] What the librarian didn't realize is that Dizzy's white briefs were yanked from underneath his pants and placed on top of his head[2] - revealing the erect penis in plain sight instead of "covering it." Dizzy is misdiagnosed with Tourette syndrome in addition to being unable to perform sexual intercourse; 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[1] 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.[1]

The action has an intended effect, and head cheerleader, Danielle (Eliza Dushku), welcomes the newcomer to school.[2] Her friend Courtney (Sunny Mabrey) invites Dizzy to a party and through a mishap, Dizzy gives Courtney the impression he's rejected her. Using a photo given to him by the prison inmates and help from his old friends, Dizzy manages to escape the party with his reputation intact. Upon returning home, however, he finds his father (Lyle Lovett) has agreed to sell his house and quit work to supervise him, which results in the pair living in a trailer.

At the football game, Dizzy, inspired by George C. Scott in the movie Patton, gives an impassioned speech to the team, who proceed to win their first game. He is soon enlisted by the coach and principal to plan the school's homecoming dance, and becomes imbued with school spirit, shedding his bad boy image.

However, Dizzy and Gil are fast becoming too big for one body. When Nora berates Dizzy for becoming the same person he once hated, he uses his newfound popularity to confront Connor. Dizzy and Danielle spur the students to reunite, and the lines dividing the different cliques are broken. With a new philosophy, the school football team begins to win games and bullying becomes a thing of the past.[1] Reaching the state championship, where they play Rocky Creek, Dizzy's antics on the sideline cost Rocky Creek the game, although Barclay recognizes his old punching bag. At school the next day, he attempts to beat up Dizzy, and is in turn attacked by the entire student body. After the attack, Connor helps up Barclay from the ground, telling him he wants to know what he knows (about Dizzy).

The homecoming dance, which Dizzy's funk band is supposed to play, is crashed by the students of Rocky Creek. Barclay and Connor, who have joined forces to set a trap for Dizzy, play an embarrassing video of the librarian incident. However, Luther and the other inmates arrive to save Dizzy and tie up the two bullies. Nora admits longstanding feelings for Glen, and Dizzy and Danielle reconcile.

Luther ends the film, and the man he is talking to is revealed to be David Hasselhoff (of Baywatch fame).


Cameo appearances

Character profile

Dizzy Harrison: In his younger days, Dizzy used to dance to 1970s funk music in gold shorts. During the course of the film, he gets his penis permanently bent by an elderly librarian, gets diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, successful beats up a tough student (with fighting movies that he had learned from jail) to win the love of the head cheerleader, and eventually becomes the mascot for a high school football team. Dizzy wears briefs as underpants but even that couldn't prevent him from being rendered incapable to procreate in a prank gone awry (as they were yanked from underneath his pants and placed on his head).

Danielle: Danielle is the head of the high school cheerleading team where Dizzy transfers himself to (under the name Gil Harris) when he is expelled from Rock Creek High). She was formerly the girlfriend of Connor but he got beat up by Dizzy, and became his new girlfriend. She was reportedly trying on bikinis in front of her new boyfriend (as he told it to his cellmate Luther in jail). Her subordinate cheerleaders prefer to lap dance instead of doing orthodox cheers and this makes Danielle lecture to them about having dollar bills stuffed up their panties and they replied to her that they don't wear any panties. In the end, Danielle watches as Dizzy stands up to Connor and the class bully subsequently gets tied up to a chair with his underwear on top of his head.

Mrs. Whitman: She is the 80-year-old librarian of Rocky Creek High School who is very strict in her library. Mrs. Whitman broke a penis off an 18-year-old boy because she thought it was a loaded weapon.

Luther: The prison inmate that teaches Dizzy how to be cool. He has more than 18 years to serve in his extended jail sentence for smashing a broomstick at his previous warden. Luther has friends who are drag queens, tough guys, funk music lover, as well as some of the prison guards.


Songs that are featured on the soundtrack :

  1. "The New Guy" by Mystikal
  2. "I'm Just a Kid" by Simple Plan
  3. "You Really Got Me" by Eve 6
  4. "Keep the Party Goin'" by Juvenile
  5. "So Fresh, so Clean" by OutKast
  6. "Outsider" by Green Day
  7. "Uh Huh" by B2K
  8. "So Dizzy" by Rehab
  9. "Breakout" by OPM
  10. "Dark Side" by Wheatus
  11. "I Love You" by Nine Days
  12. "Heart in Hand" by Vertical Horizon
  13. "Hi-Lo" by J.T. Money
  14. "Let It Whip" by SR-71

Songs that were featured in the movie but do not appear on the soundtrack include:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Basic summary". Reeling Reviews. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Advanced summary". Screen It!. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 

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