Just One of the Guys (1985)

Just One of the Guys (1985)

Taglines: She’s about to go where no girl has gone before!

Terry Griffith has got it all — looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that’s a shoo-in to win her a summer internship at the local newspaper… or so she thinks. When Terry’s journalism teacher passes her article up in favor of a couple of pieces written by boys, Terry is convinced that sexism is to blame. Determined to win the internship at any cost, Terry goes undercover at a rival high school to resubmit her article… as a boy. But Terry gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself fending off a bully and the advances of an oversexed female admirer, and falling for her new pal Rick.

Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed with the tagline “Terri Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before.” It ranked number 48 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “50 Best High School Movies”. The film is a loose adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Just One of the Guys (1985)

About the Story

Terri Griffith (Joyce Hyser) is an aspiring teenage journalist living in Phoenix, Arizona who feels that her 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 on a two-week Caribbean vacation, Terri 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 Morehouse (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 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 (William 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 (Sherilyn Fenn), Terri manages to be accepted as “one of the guys”. However, she is stunned when she turns in an article and her teacher still criticizes her work, 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. When Terri’s boyfriend shows up unexpectedly and discovers the ruse, Rick assumes that Terri’s big secret was that she was a gay man. To prove otherwise, Terri opens her shirt and reveals her breasts to Rick. Although she admits to loving him, Rick angrily rejects her, prompting a desperate Terri to kiss him in front of everyone. Seemingly unfazed, Rick simply walks away.

Just One of the Guys Movie Poster (1985)

Just One of the Guys (1985)

Directed by: Lisa Gottlieb
Starring: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne, Toni Hudson, William Zabka, Leigh McCloskey, Sherilyn Fenn, Deborah Goodrich, Arye Gross
Screenplay by: Dennis Feldman, Jeff Franklin
Production Design by: Paul Peters
Cinematography by: John McPherson
Film Editing by: Tony Lombardo
Set Decoration by: Richard Reams
Music by: Tom Scott
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: April 26, 1985