Parents' Guide to

The New Guy

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

The New Guy is a waste of talent and time.

Movie PG-13 2002 88 minutes
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The New Guy is a waste of talent. This high school epic, supposedly about one boy's path to true cool is so half-baked and uncool that it's embarrassing. It is also another case of the MPAA giving a PG-13 rating to a comedy that has material that would get an R in a drama. It is painful to see some of today's most talented young actors wasted in this dreck. They're given very little to work with in the script. The writer and director have sadly bought into the same limited mindset about popularity and conformity that they are purportedly skewering.

The most troubling aspect might be strained impressions D.J. Qualls calls upon in his quest for status. It's intrinsically funny to watch the gawkiest white guy on the planet attempt to imitate macho black posturing. But so much of it goes on for so long that posturing begins to seem a little like caricature. And it's precisely this behavior, the epitome of imitative uncool, which is supposed to secure "Gil's" status.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 10, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: August 13, 2002
  • Cast: DJ Qualls , Eddie Griffin , Eliza Dushku
  • Director: Ed Decter
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: gross humor, sexual references, and language
  • Last updated: June 3, 2023

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