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The New Guy (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: May 13, 2002
CAP Score: 51
CAP Influence Density: 0.1.750
*THE NEW GUY* (PG-13) -- Such display and behavaior is the caliber of the entire show.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Ed Decter
Producer(s): Ed Decter, Michael Fottrell, Todd Garner, Gordon Gray, John J. Strauss
Written by/Screenplay: David Kendall
Cinematography/Camera: Michael D. O'Shea
Music: Nick Glennie-Smith, Ralph Sall
Film Editing: David Rennie
Casting: Nancy Nayor
I feel it appropriate to warn you of the content of this analysis report. It contains text which accurately describes that which your preteens and early teens are watching if they watch this show. There are no expletives or explicit language in this report, but I am revealing to you as parents and grandparents as accurately as politely possible the truth about the content of this movie so you can make an informed decision whether it is or is not fit for your kids by your own standards. If this sounds like an apology for being blunt, it is.
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Roger Ebert calls The New Guy "...a teenage vulgarian movie." He's right. With a Final Score of 51, The New Guy a-l-m-o-s-t made it to a CAP "PG-13" (67 to 55 out of 100) from a CAP "R" (54 and below), but not quite. It is a lite R indeed. With a score of 100 (best score possible) in Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide but ZERO in Impudence/Hate (language, arrogance, rebellion - especially language [2Pet. 2:18, Col. 3:8] and rebellion/freedom from authority [Is. 30:1]) and ZERO in Sex/Homosexuality [Col. 3:5], this movie reveals the standards for PG-13 ... err ... R-13 movies nowadays. And it shows you where the well-researched highest level of teen interest lies - attitude and sex. So think the filmmakers anyway. Apparently. Whatever floats your boat or makes a buck. Also, the Min-Max figure of -100 reveals an extreme to the distribution of ignominy over the six CAP investigation areas, pure in some and pure filth in others.
A teenage girl asked a teenage boy "Wanna come up to my room and take off my clothes with your teeth?" (Silence from the boy.) "Okay. You talked me into it." (From the girl, with mom/dad gone, of course.) Such display and behavaior is the caliber of the entire show [Prov. 7:21]. Mixed, of course, with some getting even [Rom. 12:19] and high school social warfare.
Dizzy Harrison doesn't like it at his school. He is the brunt of tormenting and brutal jokes at Rocky Creek High School. He is known in particular for being tied to a chair in the halls of his school wearing false female breasts, to which the viewer is treated of course ... more than once. At Rocky Creek is the typical assortment of Hollywood's version of the outstanding academia: a bully who stuffs midgets in trash barrels; girls who are nothing but mindless sex objects; a principal who has no more concern for the students than spilled milk; an elderly female teacher as an amoral matron saying "It's mine now!" as she grabs a male student by the private, erect of course, and "breaking" it (which comes up repeatedly throughout the show)
One of the antics in The New Guy presents Dizzy jacking a closed circuit TV camera and snaking it to the boys bathroom where the principal is painfully involved in extricating reluctant waste matter. Rather amazing in this escapade was how the camera, held by Dizzy above the stall door, was able to obtain angles of the principal possible only from the floor. [Ps. 7:16, Prov. 10:23]
Dizzy decides to get expelled from Rocky Creek High School and take up new roots in the Eastland High School as Gil Harris -- same guy but with a new name ... and a new attitude. How jail worked its way into the movie I do not remember, but while in jail jailmate Luther (Eddie Griffin) gives Dizzy ill counsel on how to intimidate others and become "popular." Luther teaches Dizzy - err - Gil to intimidate others with, among other techniques, only a look. A crazy eye look that makes everyone back up a little. Even the knuckle-dragging cops at the jail are sympathetic with Dizzy's dilemma and provide a show of fear and cowardice for the kids at Eastland as they drop Dizzy, I mean Gil, off at Eastland. Right out of the prisoner transport truck. With leather restraints and all.
At Eastland High School, Gil becomes a hero. Quite the contrast from his history at Rocky Creek. One of the items of counsel by Luther was to find the top bully, I think his name was Pete (Avery Waddell) and beat him up. With crotch kicks of course. After getting knocked for a loop (literally) by Pete, Gil finds the opportunity to get the best of Pete but no one sees it. And that, according to Luther, is one of the keys to success in intimidating others - that someone sees you beat up the main man on campus. After several attempts to place the semi-conscious Pete where others can see him and know that Gil had beat him up, Gil finally succeeds. Then he becomes "big man" on campus. High school campus anyway.
Gil leads others into defending the misfits, unwanteds and unlikables. He even leads the school football team to victory after five years of losing by coaching them with the George C. "Patton" Scott look. Then the wall falls. Gil is discovered to be Dizzy. But everyone at Eastland knows him as Gil. Dizzy? Gil? What's the difference? He's an all-around star everyone wants to know and emulate. "In high school, popularity is not a contest, it's a war." Dizzy/Gil has won that war. But at what cost?
The New Guy is little more than an exercise in discovering how many ways natural inhibitions toward sexual immorality and behavioral aberrations can be violated -- the "you'll thank me when you're older" syndrome of the older kids (in the movie) lifting themselves above the younger ones (in the audience). There is bold inappropriate touch, vulgar pelvic thrusts and sexual talk, innuendo and comments. Talk of sexual submission and conquest. Vulgar cheers, dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure and generally vulgar displays. There is even vulgar necking, obviously as foreplay. All for your 13 year old children and younger. As if such programming is fit for them who are older than 13, or 30, or 70. There is a ton of similar and "diversified" aberrant behaviors in The New Guy but I will leave them to the Findings/Scoring section.
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*******Food for Thought*******
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|