Just One of the Guys (1985)

If you had basic cable at any time in the 80s and 90s, there’s a good chance you’ve seen this movie, which strangely enough is based on the Bard’s Twelfth Night. It was written by Dennis Feldman, who went on to write The Golden Child and the first two Species movies, and Jeff Franklin, who wrote Summer SchoolLove Stinks and then created Full House.

Pretty much any kid who grew up in the 80s can tell you the story of Terri Griffith (Joyce Hyser), who becomes Terry Griffith as another school, all to write a story that proves that men get better treatment than women. She takes on Rick Morehouse (Clayton Rohner, April Fools Day and I, Madman) as her project, transforming him from geek into someone girls are interested in before falling for him herself.

She already has a boyfriend — it’s Leigh McCloskey from Inferno! — and gets fixed up with Sherilyn Fenn, which is pretty much the best fix-up of all time, and runs afoul of perennial bad teen Billy Zapka. Seriously, Zapka was the ultimate 80s heel between The Karate KidBack to School and this movie.

I’m not sure that this movie could come out today. The idea of a girl being a guy for comedic value would have to rub someone the wrong way. But maybe people could watch it and think, “My parents sure liked some silly films,” to which point they’d get the reply, “That was on Comedy Central all the time.”

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