The New Guy
The New Guy (2002)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 7, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Incoherent, silly, and unoriginal, The New Guy offers up the same old teen gross-out comedy cliches.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

A comedy just funny enough to make viewers wish it were far funnier.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Never gets on the good foot.

Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard

Lyle Lovett plays the hero's dad: money must be tight. DJ Qualls: aiming at the dumb and dumber crowd.

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Robert Koehler

Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Steve Head
IGN Movies

It's a fun, upbeat movie, and there are scenes that are downright hilarious.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It isn't very good, but it doesn't seem to care, which turns out to be rather refreshing.

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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

Written, flatly, by David Kendall and directed, barely, by There's Something About Mary co-writer Ed Decter.

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Total Film

So what's new about The New Guy? Not much, actually.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Without a nexus, cliched and dumb screenplay that The New Guy lose his "quality" being just another comercial sex teen American movie. Of course the… More
Alice Shen
I like this movie cuz it's kinda dumb but completely genuine about it! The novelty of hip, smartish teen comedies has worn off on me a bit but do watch… More
Dead Angel
It's kinda stupid. I watched this because of my fave actress Zooey Deschanel but her underarms scared me!
Mike S
One of the most random movies I've ever seen. Almost no consistency at all and terrible directing. However, among films like Epic Movie, at least this one… More
Sophie Burgess
Not very original and unintelligent however the actors did a good job in creating a good and funny film to lighten spirits. I like DJ Qualls and he is perfectly… More
Jason Spencer
Basic loser wants to be popular in high school flick.