The New Guy
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Former Prada model and Road Trip co-star D.J. Qualls makes a bid for leading man status in this nerd-makeover comedy. Qualls stars as Dizzy, a dorky but delinquent high school student who's determined to get expelled from his hellish high school -- but ends up landing in jail instead. There he meets the intimidating, street-smart Luther (Eddie Griffin), himself a former geek, who takes Dizzy under his wing to teach him the art of being cool. Soon Luther and his pals have broken Dizzy of his meek, maladroit ways, and Dizzy is ready to start a new life at a new high school under a new name:… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

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"A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Never gets on the good foot."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's a fun, upbeat movie, and there are scenes that are downright hilarious."
‑ Steve Head, IGN Movies
"A very forgettable new teen comedy."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"The New Guy is a waste of talent and time."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"This is a truly awful movie, made from one of the worst scripts in memory. The New Guy has been on the shelf for more than a year, and it's clear the reason for the long wait wasn't perfectionism. More likely, it was embarrassment."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"So what's new about The New Guy? Not much, actually."
‑ , Total Film
"Despite the endearing presence of DJ Qualls, this feeble farce scrapes the bottom of the gross-out barrel with pitiful results."
‑ , Film4
"Lame, hokey, filled with plot holes, and cursed with a lazy script."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It isn't very good, but it doesn't seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Written, flatly, by David Kendall and directed, barely, by There's Something About Mary co-writer Ed Decter."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"DJ Qualls does possess some charm, but not the chutzpah to make the forced humor float."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Maybe the only thing revelatory about The New Guy is how redemptive a good heart can be to even the most derivative film. Be prepared to smile."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"Joyless dreck, another dumbed-down teen comedy fired out of Hollywood with all the crudeness of a spitball."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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