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This fun 80’s film is now in 1080P 1.85:1 format. I don’t see a vast improvement in the picture quality but it is improved. And it’s great to have the widescreen view. My main complaint is the soundtrack; it’s still mono, and that’s very disappointing on today’s sound systems. It would’ve really made this a great edition. The disc includes filmmaker & cast commentary. I haven’t yet heard that, but I’m sure it’s entertaining. That probably won’t make the $24.99 price tag worth it unless you don’t already have a copy. Note: Most of the reviews here are for the prior DVD, not this Blu-Ray.
Mostly harmless fun, and it tries to make a point about gender discrimination (although it undercuts it by reinforcing that Terry's first article was, in fact, not good enough, and there's a completely unbelievable scene with the original teacher who blows her off where they both admit they "learned something.")
It's not a particularly transgender or nonbinary-friendly film. Of course the terminology doesn't hold up--"Buddy" calls Terry a "transexual" and her friend comments that she is "sexually confused" when she never indicates any interest in anyone other than men, but there isn't much in the way of overt homo- or transphobia. Rather, the assumption is always that Terry is never actually interested in dressing as a man permanently or even ever returning to dress as a man once her "adventure" is over. Everyone either is or isn't male or female, and of course most of the tension around Terry passing is focused on going to the bathroom. Crossdressing is so easy and natural for Terry she doesn't even bind her breasts.
I was surprised to see a young Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) in this. The acting is mostly decent, but the conclusion is tacked on and several subplots are left unresolved. I'm also not sure why Buddy rides away on the back of a motorcycle with a female biker instead of choosing to ride with his sister. Why not.
But if you like 80s teen comedies and aren't particularly concerned about representation, you will probably like this. The girl gets wise to the jerk and gets the cute nice guy, and they live happily ever after as her younger brother rides off with a biker. I've seen worse.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
Rick Morehouse. One of the luckiest MF's to ever set foot on a high school campus and go from ostracized nerd to James Dean cool. And his "guy" friend who gives him a style makeover turns out to be the hot chick that ends up crushing on him. Just about every teen comedy cliche is here to savor, but Just One Of The Guys is still a guilty pleasure of mine over 30 years later. Best lines in the film come from Terry's younger brother Buddy, a centerfold-gazing horndog whose hormones are constantly nuclear. In my mind, Joyce Hyser busting out of her shirt ("where do you get off having tits?") ranks as high as Phoebe Cates doing away with her bikini top. Happy to have it on Prime instead of on VHS packed away somewhere in my garage.
The movie part is great. A high school girl believing her article in the school paper was passed on because of her gender decides to write how easy boys have it by pretending to be a boy at a different school. It has a great moral by the end in the least cheesiest way.
Parent warning: It's PG-13, but there is a lot of frontal female nudity (brother has Playboy Playmates on his wall), back nudity of males, sexual dialogue, minor language, innuendo, bullying, sexuality, teenage sex, teenage tobacco and alcohol use, sexual harassing, minor violence and touching of genitals in a nonsexual manner.
Disc review: The disc I got was what was called "Pan Scan". It was intended to fit box TV's. So there are black bars on the left and right side of the screen. A theatrical version would be great. The extras are minimal. The commentary tells how this could have been much worse. Definitely worth a listen.
This is pretty much what you think of with the 1980s teen movies. Right down to William Zabka playing the jackass high school bully. The story centers around a journalism student (played by Joyce Hyser) who is trying to get an article submitted to a local newspaper (which in turn would lead to a summer job at the paper). When her teacher refuses to submit the article (because of what she perceives as sexism, she enrolls in a new school as a guy in hopes of getting one submitted. From there you get all the wacky hijinks you would expect.
It is a very underrated teen comedy. Not on the level of Fast Times or Breakfast Club, but certainly better than some of what was being put out in the mid 1980s as teen movies. It did not try to take itself too seriously for the most part, but did touch on issues of sexism and homophobia. The humor and sex content was pretty tame (especially when compared against what is put out these days) and did not just rely on the fact that Joyce Hyser was extremely hot. In fact she was covered up for most of the movie. Although she and Sherilyn Fenn were put in a couple nice outfits during the movie. And of course the flashing scene where she proved she was a girl was spectacular.
For those who grew up in the 1980s or just a fan of the 1980s comedies, this is definitely worth adding to your collection. There are not really any extras with the movie aside for some trailers. That is really the only drawback, but for the price of the DVD that is not really a big deal.
One thing that cracked me from the original release till now. The band at the prom, were in their thirties trying to fit in with the high schoolers.. I thought perverts then!!! How many movies do we get to witness Billy Zabka as a villain. Please spare us the horror, not again! All in all, a fun movie to watch. Arie Gross, Billy Jacoby, Sherilyn Finn, surprising roles, Casting was soo far off the age limit in the 1980's, unbelievable mostly! This whole idea is to get a reporting job for the local newspaper, Our heroine is from a rich family. I am thinking (in 1984) a summer job and onto an Ivy League school. Nope!! A sex starved college boyfriend and a James Brown obsessed bestfriend love interest to satisfy that gal! A top grade. A summer job. A boy. Totally ambition!
5.0 out of 5 starsLass mich mal ran! — Als Junge ist sie spitze
Reviewed in Germany on March 17, 2017
Nach dem sensationellen Erfolg von »Tootsie« (Regie: Sydney Pollack) erteilte Columbia Pictures einigen Autoren Aufträge, ähnlich gelagerte Stoffe zu entwickeln. Parallel dazu erwiesen sich Filme wie »The Breakfast Club« (Regie: John Hughes), »Pretty in Pink« (Regie: Howard Deutch) und »Some Kind of Wonderful« (Regie: Howard Deutch) als unerwartet lukrativ. Es lag also nahe, die Strickmuster von College- und Gender-Komödien zu verquicken und daraus eine launige Posse zu kreieren. Das Ergebnis kann sich in seiner Originalität wirklich sehen lassen und auch 30 Jahre nach seiner Uraufführung noch spritzig und pfiffig — trotz der im Grunde recht vorhersehbaren Story. Joyce Hyser, die damalige Freundin Bruce Springsteens, spielt Terry Griffith, eine ehrgeizige Schülerin mit journalistischen Ambitionen, die auf ein Lern-Stipendium bei einer renommierten Tageszeitung hofft, aber aufgrund der Tatsache, ein Mädchen zu sein, von ihrem sexistischen Lehrer übergangen wird. Wütend ob der Ungerechtigkeit schreibt sich Terry an einer anderen High School ein, um sich, diesmal als Junge verkleidet, noch einmal um die begehrte Ausschreibung zu bewerben. Aus ihrer Charade entwickeln sich einige ebenso prekäre wie amüsante Situationen, die sich zuspitzen, als Terry sich in einen neuen Mitschüler (Rohner) verguckt, der in ihr/ihm allerdings nur einen guten Kumpel sieht…
»Just One of the Guys« war ein moderater Erfolg, etablierte sich im Laufe der Jahre jedoch vor allem in den USA als Kultfilm. Joyce Hyser und Billy Jacoby, der als Terrys dauernotgeiler pubertierender Bruder zu sehen ist, geben eindrucksvolle Vorstellungen, konnten aber — ähnlich wie Regisseurin Gottlieb — ihre Karrieren nicht auf Erfolgskurs halten: Hyser übernahm noch hin und wieder Gastrollen im US-Fernsehen, während Jacoby seinen größten Erfolg als sexy Sidekick in der TV-Serie »Parker Lewis« verbuchen konnte. In einer Nebenrolle mit dabei: die blutjunge Sherilyn Fenn, die kurz darauf in David Lynchs »Twin Peaks« für Furore sorgte.
When Terry, a young attractive 18yr old girl thinks that she'd have a better chance at being taken seriously has a writer if she were a boy, she decides that for her last year in high school she'll transfer to a new school disguised as a boy. Her sex starved hilarious younger boy keeps her on her toes, as she juggles love triangles, bullies, along with her old & new identities. This film never fails to put a smile on my face. A great time capsule.
I saw this film 20 years ago and it was very funny - but this copy's case and insert is very poor quality the dvd box is cheaply made and prone to bending in transit and the insert is just a cheap copy - it arrived in poor shape