Just One of the Guys (1985)

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RATING– ★★★

DIRECTOR– Lisa Gottlieb

PLOT– Terry is an extremely popular high school senior who just wants to be a newspaper reporter.

Her love of investigative journalism, especially digging deep into cafeteria food, has driven her to enter her essay into the local paper’s contest to find the next Edward Murrow. Her old, balding, creepy professors, however, are only interested in her tight skirt.

They refuse to send her essay to the contest and insist she become a model.

Terry is convinced that, if she was a boy, her essay would’ve been a winner… and decides to become one…

She cuts her hair, trades in those skirts for pants, and enrolls in another high school as a boy.

She meets the high school bully…

…the high school Star Trek nerds…

…the bi-curious high school slut…

…and a boy (in his late 20s) she falls in love with…

Meanwhile, her horny brother tries to lose his virginity with a magazine…

…and her college boyfriend tries to lose her bikini top…

All of this inspires Terry to change her essay into a paper about her life story. It’s chosen as a winner, she goes to prom with a girl to impress a boy and exposes her breasts to prove a point.

The 80s!

3 THINGS WE LEARNED

  1. DO NOT send your daughter to 4th-period Civics class
  2. Having a frank and explicit conversation about your love of blow-jobs with a sibling is totally normal
  3. James Brown is every young man’s dream

REVIEW– God bless the 80s!

I mean, seriously… God Bless The 80s!!!

That decade brought us the feather-haired mullet…

Teddy Ruxpin…

The Walkman…

California Raisins…

Be Kind Rewind…

and inappropriate aerobics…

And somehow, all that combined to produce a decade where this film could not only be made, but could be a hit.

And Just One of the Guys deserves it. Joyce Hyser, the actress who stars as Terry, makes the film. She pulls off the frustrated but grateful teen, who just wants to succeed and be happy, easily… and it’s somewhat surprising she wasn’t seen in more 80s stuff besides a few guest roles in some TV shows.

Either way, if you enjoy 16 Candles or Can’t Buy Me Love or even Dream A Little Dream, you’ll enjoy Just One of the Guys.


I’m pretty sure nothing in this photo is legal…