Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Of course you're confused. You're wearing my underwear. "

"Just One of the Guys" is very much an 80s teen movie, about surviving high school, relationships, and growing up. Only this time, there is a bit of a “Tootsie” type of twist. Well not just a bit, the movie is all about gender bending.

Joyce Hyser stars as our leading lady Terry who transforms herself into a boy modeled after her brother. Terry is a popular teenager at Sturgess Wilder High School. She is beautiful, smart, and it doesn’t hurt that she is already dating a college boy (actually, and more importantly, an attractive college boy named Kevin.) After writing a journalistic piece for a contest at her school that would guarantee her a spot working for the paper over the summer (which would help her become the reporter she desperately wants to be,) she’s devastated that her teacher won’t submit her story. Angrily, she thinks that’s it’s because she’s a girl, and thus enrolls in a different school in town, as a man, and submits her article there.

Along the way she deals with all the stuff that you would imagine one would deal with. She must defend herself from both the high school bully and a potential girlfriend, all while using the boys bathroom and attempting to hide the fact that she’s actually a girl (which her brother helps her with, comically teaching her how to properly scratch herself in public.) She befriends another outsider at her new school named Rick, and the plot twists when she realizes she actually likes him as more than a friend. As would be predicted by anyone familiar with teen cinema, the film climaxes at, of course, the high school prom where Terry reveals her feelings for Rick (and proves that she’s actually a woman by flashing him.)

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

And of course this film paves the way for the Hillary Swank film.