A high school senior branded uncool in the ninth grade gets himself expelled so he changes his image to cool kid at the town's other high school.


Ed Decter


David Kendall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
DJ Qualls ... Dizzy
Eliza Dushku ... Danielle
Zooey Deschanel ... Nora
Jerod Mixon ... Kirk
Parry Shen ... Glen
Lyle Lovett ... Bear
Eddie Griffin ... Luther
Sunny Mabrey ... Courtney
Ross Patterson ... Conner
Matt Gogin Matt Gogin ... Ed Ligget
Horatio Sanz ... Dance Instructor
Tony Hawk ... Self
Geoffrey Lewis ... Principal Zaylor
Charlie O'Connell ... Charlie
Gene Simmons ... Reverend


Dizzy Harrison is an unpopular, high school geek going through a hellish senior year. In an attempt to make a new identity for himself, Dizzy gets himself expelled from his high school, learns the technics of being cool from a prison inmate, and enrolls at a new high school under the alias Gil Harris, to make new friends where he soon gains respect from the jocks and geeks alike. Dizzy then gets noticed by the head cheerleader, Danielle, and helps the school football team gain self-respect to win games. But things unknowingly begin to turn sour when Danielle's disgruntled boyfriend begins investigating into "Gil Harris'" past to uncover any dirt on him. Written by Matthew Patay

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and mild drug references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


All of the scenes taking place at Rocky Mountain High School were shot at the existing W. Charles Akins High School. During that time, half of the school was unoccupied as it had just been opened and only had 9th and 10th graders. The marquee outside of the school was replaced to show the name of the film's high school which, combined with the newness of the school, created confusion for parents and buses trying to drop off the actual students. See more »


As the Highlanders were scoring the touchdown in the state finals, a Highlanders defender #19 was shown shoving a Rocky Creek player #32 in the back while he was already on the ground. It was a personal foul that was way too obvious to be missed, so in reality the touchdown should not have counted. See more »


Luther: Sorry you had to see that. I've been in prison for a long time.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, there are bloopers. After that, Dizzy and Danielle ride on into the sunset and Danielle falls off the horse. See more »


References Our Man Flint (1966) See more »


Written by Christopher Stewart, J.T. Money (as Jeffrey Thompkins) and Carlos Neivsome
Performed by J.T. Money
Courtesy of Freeworld/Priority Records, LLC
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Entertaining bad movie
13 May 2002 | by Spanner-2See all my reviews

This silly comedy features DJ Qualls (who was entertaining in a small role in last year's "Road Trip") as a high school loser who reinvents himself at another school as a popular tough guy. The storyline is pretty stupid and filled with more teen movie cliches than you can shake a stick at but the film is still kinda fun to watch because the filmmakers obviously knew they were making a crappy film and decided to have fun with it. Qualls seems to be having a ball with his role and Eliza Dusku (from "Buffy" and "Bring It On") never seems to take her "Cheerleader babe" stereotypical role seriously, always poking fun at cliches, especially in a pointless but hillarious swimsuit montage. Yea the film is utter crap but it was still fun to watch. GRADE: B-

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Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Guy See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,007,833, 12 May 2002

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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