The New Guy
Dizzy Gillespie is a nerdy high-school senior going through a hellish year, attacked constantly by the football team's star player. Dizzy manages to not just get himself expelled, but lands in jail for his efforts where a sympathetic Luther teaches him the 'way of cool'. Soon Dizzy is enrolled in a new school where he instantly makes his presence felt...
Production Year: 2002
August 9, 2013 22:00 (KSA) ~ August 9, 2013 21:00 (CLT)
Dizzy Gillespie (DJ Qualls) is a nerdy high-school senior going through a hellish year, attacked constantly by Barclay (Ameer Baraka), the football team's star player. After an incident that makes a laughing stock of him in school, Dizzy manages to not just get himself expelled, but lands in jail for his efforts. There a sympathetic Luther (Eddie Griffin) teaches him the 'way of cool', as not before long Dizzy is reinvented as the now-hip Gil Harris. Soon Dizzy is enrolled in a new school where he instantly make his presence felt, beating up the school bully (Ross Patterson) in his first moments at the school, going out with the head cheer leader Danielle (Eliza Dushku), and managing to reunite a once-divided school, leading to a much stronger football team inspired by his words and ways. Yet it is not long before his new school has to face his old high school in a football face-off and sure enough Barclay recognizes him instantly...
Will the joint force of his old school's bully and the school bully whom he beat up at his new school manage to bring Dizzy/ Gil to his knees one more time?
- DJ Qualls
- Eliza Dushku
- Zooey Deschanel
- Lyle Lovett
- Eddie Griffin
Directed by: Ed Decter
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and mild drug references.