FILM REVIEW; The New Kid Struggles to Make a Bad Impression
By Elvis Mitchell
`` The New Guy '', a bad-tasting comedy with a heart, should have a condition attached to its PG-13 rating: be careful not to visit the concession stand before the photo begins.Diz, a senior high school, catches the principal in the bathroom with what could be described as a stall cam.Not only is it a fixed room, but it is, sigh, also a crux of the plot .
Diz (DJ Qualls, who is a game but seems to need a charming shave) tries to be kicked out on the advice of his mentor, the jailer Luther (Eddie Griffin).While he is serving time with Luther - don't ask - - Diz is told that to change his status as a school piñata for home bullies, he will have to be kicked out of his school, then Diz can go to a new school and reinvent himself from scratch.Diz emerges from Luther's coolest, most mysterious counsel: he is "the new guy," whose prison record makes him more attractive and dangerous.
Director Ed Decter (one of the writers of `` There's Something About Mary '') and writer David Kendall have given `` The New Guy '' a lovable touch.of the king of the world whom Diz, whose new mystical, tempered version is called Gil, recovers from Luther, his prison yard Yoda, are used for the good of humanity.He forces the school thugs to stop harassing kids from the lower social substrate and uses his new Diz/Gil starts going to school football games because it's hot for Danielle (Eliza Dushku), a cheerleader and a half bad girl who wants more `` The New Guy '' magnetism can make sure they do.
The film, which opens nationwide today, has a lively sweetness, although the dull, covered aspect of barely functional cinematography - apparently the only aesthetic motivation is that you should be able to see most of the movie - reminds us that he sat on the shelf for a while (someone took the time to add some jokes from President George W.Bush, which is like changing the movie's expiration date) .
Despite the awesome stupidity, a few jokes make you laugh.M.Decter uses cameos that turn the film into an `` MTV's Headbanger's Ball '' version of `` Son of Paleface '', using metalhead poet Henry Rollins, Gene Simmons Motley Crue's Kiss and Tommy Lee for quick, disposable humor.A roll call similar to John Landis' `` Blues Brothers' 'list includes Vanilla Ice, as an overzealous music store employee; Kool Mo Dee, as a prison guard wearing a cowboy hat to play on his “Wild, Wild West” past; and Jerry O'Connell from `` Tomcats, '' a scorching, like-minded comedy that flattered at the box office.(Lyle Lovett plays Diz's father; both have long, slender faces that make them look like have waded out of the same gene pool, although we don't know why this Texan with a gentle straggler named his son Dizzy Gillespie Harrison.)