The New Guy: Van Redin
EW Staff
April 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The New Guy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/10/02
performer
Eliza Dushku, Eddie Griffin, D.J. Qualls, Zooey Deschanel, Lyle Lovett
guest performer
Tommy Lee, Henry Rollins, Gene Simmons
director
Ed Decter
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
David Kendall
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Call it a comedy for the TRL set. ”There’s Something About Mary” cowriter Decter steps behind the camera and into the ever-fertile movie realm of high school. Qualls (”Road Trip”) plays Dizzy, a dorky senior who hatches an unlikely strategy to transform himself from geek to chic: He’ll get himself expelled so he can transfer to another school.

Instead, he ends up in prison, where he meets a master of self-reinvention (Griffin) who teaches him ‘tude. Enter Dushku as the hottie cheerleader who falls for the made-over Dizzy. ”DJ is the movie,” says executive producer John J. Strauss, also a writer on ”Mary.” ”And we know from ‘Road Trip’ that he’s got that elastic ability to play both nerdy and cool. We’ve really tortured him in this role and he’s totally lovable.”

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