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by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can't Resist

The Principal: Jim (not John) Belushi stars as a teacher who thinks he's a bad-ass because he drinks beer and chocolate milk at the same time and rides a motorcycle. His wild-man ways earn him a promotion to principal of a school filled with the worst students in the district (all of whom except for "White Zac" are minorities. Of course). Unlike Michelle Pfieffer, who tried to shape her students up with encouragement and support in Dangerous Minds, Jim (not John) Belushi shouts silly catchphrases and cowers behind Louis Gossett Jr. And then, when you think the movie can't get any worse (by which I of course mean better) Jim (not John) Belushi breaks the rules of physics by riding his motorcycle (now Christened "El Principal" by the friendly Hispanic gang that takes auto shop class all day, every day) up TWO flight of stairs and through a classroom full of desks to save Rae Dawn Chong from getting raped. Even less believable is the end, where we're supposed to believe that a doughy, middle-aged Jim (not John) Belushi can win a fistfight against a strapping young gang leader villain. Even the end credits are awesome, as something named "Jellybean" is credited for the "music."

--Sara M

If you look up the IMDb entry for 1985's Just One Of The Guys, you will find, among other things, the words, "This plot synopsis is empty." And you will say, if you have seen it, "You're not kidding."

It is my firm belief that almost no one saw this movie when it was originally released in theaters, but at some point, Comedy Central wound up with the rights to it and began showing it with the same regularity with which it now shows Scrubs reruns. In it, young Terry (Joyce Hyser, then twenty-eight years old, incidentally, and looking every day of it), frustrated by the lack of opportunities available at her high-school newspaper, decides to shake things up by coming to school as a boy and seeing how the other half lives -- for a story, of course. She befriends a dork named Rick (Clayton Rohner), who inexplicably becomes the love interest she is afraid to tell that she's a girl.

Terry must also contend with her idiotic brother Buddy (played by Billy Jacoby, who defined 1980s television ubiquity) as well as a female suitor in the form of Sherilyn Fenn, making this just about the only teen movie to get its kicks from hilarious lesbian-panic jokes. Add the typical menacing performance by one William "You're All Right, LaRusso" Zabka as the bully, and you have a compulsively watchable -- because: utterly ignorable -- piece of Saturday-afternoon fare. I have certainly not seen this as many times as The Sure Thing, which came out the same year and which I actually like, but I have seen it many, many more times than I care to recall.

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Staff Flick Picks

by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can’t Resist The Principal: Jim (not John) Belushi stars as a teacher who thinks he's a bad-ass because he drinks beer and chocolate milk at the same time and rides a motorcycle. His wild-man ways earn him a promotion to principal of a school filled with the worst students in the district (all of whom except for "White Zac" are minorities. Of course). Unlike Michelle Pfieffer, who tried to shape her students up with encouragement and support in Dangerous Minds, Jim (not John) Belushi shouts silly catchphrases and cowers behind Louis Gossett Jr. And then, when you think the movie can't get any worse (by which I of course mean better) Jim (not John) Belushi breaks the rules of physics by riding his motorcycle (now Christened "El Principal" by the friendly Hispanic gang that takes auto shop class all day, every day) up TWO flight of stairs and through a classroom full of desks to save Rae Dawn Chong from getting raped. Even less believable is the end, where we're supposed to believe that a doughy, middle-aged Jim (not John) Belushi can win a fistfight against a strapping young gang leader villain. Even the end credits are awesome, as something named "Jellybean" is credited for the "music." --Sara M If you look up the IMDb entry for 1985's Just One Of The Guys, you will find, among other things, the words, "This plot synopsis is empty." And you will say, if you have seen it, "You're not kidding." It is my firm belief that almost no one saw this movie when it was originally released in theaters, but at some point, Comedy Central wound up with the rights to it and began showing it with the same regularity with which it now shows Scrubs reruns. In it, young Terry (Joyce Hyser, then twenty-eight years old, incidentally, and looking every day of it), frustrated by the lack of opportunities available at her high-school newspaper, decides to shake things up by coming to school as a boy and seeing how the other half lives -- for a story, of course. She befriends a dork named Rick (Clayton Rohner), who inexplicably becomes the love interest she is afraid to tell that she's a girl. Terry must also contend with her idiotic brother Buddy (played by Billy Jacoby, who defined 1980s television ubiquity) as well as a female suitor in the form of Sherilyn Fenn, making this just about the only teen movie to get its kicks from hilarious lesbian-panic jokes. Add the typical menacing performance by one William "You're All Right, LaRusso" Zabka as the bully, and you have a compulsively watchable -- because: utterly ignorable -- piece of Saturday-afternoon fare. I have certainly not seen this as many times as The Sure Thing, which came out the same year and which I actually like, but I have seen it many, many more times than I care to recall.

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