Just One of the Guys

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Just One of the Guys
Just one of the guys.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lisa Gottlieb
Produced by Andrew Fogelson
Screenplay by Dennis Feldman
Jeff Franklin
Story by Dennis Feldman
Starring Joyce Hyser
Clayton Rohner
Billy Jacoby
Toni Hudson
Billy Zabka
Music by Tom Scott
Cinematography John McPherson
Editing by Tony Lombardo
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates April 26, 1985
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $11,528,900

Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed with the tagline "Terry Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before." This movie ranked number 48 on Entertainment Weekly 's list of the "50 Best High School Movies".[1] The movie is a loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Terry Griffith (Joyce Hyser) is an aspiring teenage journalist living in Tucson, Arizona who feels that teachers don't take her school newspaper articles seriously because of her good looks. After failing to get her dream job as a newspaper intern, she comes to the conclusion that it is because she is a girl.

With her parents out of town, Terry decides to remedy the situation. Enrolling at a rival high school, she enlists the help of her sex-obsessed loudmouth little brother, Buddy (Billy Jacoby) and her best friend Denise (Toni Hudson) to disguise herself as a boy. Her brother and friend also help to keep tabs on her throughout the experiment. Along the way she meets Rick (Clayton Rohner), a gold-hearted nerd who becomes her pet project. After helping him through an image makeover and encouraging him to start talking to girls (which results in him taking the most popular girl in school out to the prom), Terry starts to fall for him.

After many episodes in and out of school, including fending off a group of bullies led by bodybuilder Greg Tolan (Billy Zabka), dealing with her real college boyfriend Kevin (Leigh McCloskey) and being set up on a blind date with a potential new "girlfriend" named Sandy, Terry manages to be accepted as "one of the guys". However, she's rocked when she turns in an article and her teacher says it's just not good, making Terry realize her gender and looks were never the issue.

At the senior prom, a jealous Greg picks a fight with Rick, who ultimately trounces the bully in front of the entire class. But when Terry's boyfriend shows up unexpectedly and finds out what's been going on, Terry has no choice but to reveal herself to Rick. Although she admits to loving him, Rick angrily rejects her, prompting a desperate Terry to kiss him in front of everyone. Seemingly unfazed, Rick simply walks away.

Heartbroken and humiliated, Terry retreats to her room and writes a long article on what it is like to be a girl in boy's clothing, detailing all of her experiences, both good and bad, in and out of school.

In the end, Terry returns to her own school. When her article is printed in the newspaper, she receives high praise from her teachers and friends and finally earns her dream job at the newspaper office. Nevertheless, she still finds herself yearning for Rick, who has not spoken to her since the prom. Now without a boyfriend, Terri is not looking forward to the summer. One day she is out with Buddy, and as he enters a store, she waits for him outside, where Rick appears. He says he read her article, and tells her he missed her, and they are reunited. They get into Terry's car, and when Buddy emerges from the store, an attractive blonde on a motorcycle rides up to the store and beckons to him with a smile. Rather than getting into the car with Terry and Rick, Buddy climbs onto the back of the blonde's motorcycle, and both vehicles drive off in opposite directions.

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Soundtrack[edit]

Just One of the Guys
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released 1985
Genre Rock, pop, R&B
Label Elektra
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
  1. "Just One of the Guys" by Shalamar – 3:55
  2. "Girls Got Something Boys Ain't Got" by Midnight Star – 3:56
  3. "Tonight You're Mine, Baby" by Ronnie Spector – 4:57
  4. "Prove It to You" by Dwight Twilley – 3:20
  5. "Jealous" by Berlin – 4:23
  6. "Way Down" by Billy Burnette – 3:34
  7. "Burning" by Brock/Davis – 4:20
  8. "Thrills" by Greg French – 3:15
  9. "Hard Way" by Brock/Davis – 4:48
  10. "Guy Talk" by Tom Scott – 2:29

The songs and music that were played in the film not on the soundtrack.

  1. "Trouble" by Lindsey Buckingham
  2. "Down on the Street" by The Stooges
  3. "Turn Out Right" by Private Domain
  4. "Comb My Hair" bu Johnny Lyon
  5. "Buns" by Bonedaddys
  6. "Gone Too Far" by Neurotica

Similar films[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 50 Best High School Movies from Entertainment Weekly
  2. ^ "Joyce Hyser in Just One of the Guys (1985)". New York. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  3. ^ Lewsen, Simon (2013-06-03). "Shakespeare Helps Us Fumble Through Life". Random House of Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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