John Tucker Must Die
John Tucker Must Die
PG-13 | 27 July 2006 (USA)
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After discovering they are all dating the same same guy, three popular students from different cliques band together for revenge, so they enlist the help of a new gal in town and conspire to break the jerk's heart, while destroying his reputation.


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It was OK. I don't see why everyone loves it so much. It wasn't very smart or deep or well-directed.

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This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.

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Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.

Python Hyena

John Tucker Must Die (2006): Dir: Betty Thomas / Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Sophia Bush, Ashanti Douglas, Penn Badgley: Stupid teen comedy about revenge. High school basketball player John Tucker is dating three women at once without them knowing it. Only waitress Kate seems to notice since she has waited on their tables. When the truth reveals itself they plot revenge by turning Kate into a cheerleader to break his heart. Mean Girls is so much better and funnier than this cheap trash. Total formula with an insincere ending. Directed by Betty Thomas who once made the great Howard Stern comedy Private Parts. This is a major decline of quality. She knows her subject but chooses mediocre projects that compare to earlier misfires such as I Spy and Doctor Dolittle. Jesse Metcalfe as Tucker is never likable, and Brittany Snow is suppose to be seen as a nerd until they whore her up. Sophia Bush and Ashanti Douglas play dumped girls. Its theme of taking advantage of people and retaliation was better placed in the superior Mean Girls. Penn Badgley plays John Tucker's brother who is the nice one who will get the girl in the end. What he doesn't get is a decent film role here. This is totally phony teen trash aimed at teenage girls who are no doubt smarter than this. But John Tucker should not be the one to die here. The film should die from several blows via sledgehammer. Score: 2 / 10

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Davis P

I feel like this is just the perfect example of how to do a teenage film, you've got to know what to put in it, what appeals to that age demographic. First of all, I love how both guys and girls can watch this film, I think it definitely appeals to both sexes. For the ladies, we have Jesse Metcalfe, even in a pink thong in one scene ;). We also have lots of dialogue that will appeal to the women. For the men/boys, well lots of men love Brittany Snow, so there's that. Also, this film does teach a good message besides the whole revenge plot. Eventually, it explains that you don't need to cheat or fool with people's emotions. Yes, this movie has funny scenes, and good looking actors for both men and women to enjoy, but it does have a happy ending. I felt very entertained and satisfied by this teen flick. I feel like it's relatable, funny, attractive, and in the end has a good heart and message. I would for sure suggest teens and even adults watch this film. I also feel like the actors did a good job, no bad actors here. Also, the dialogue and source material was very well put together, so it wasn't hard for the actors to do well. 8/10 overall. Very happy movie. If you're sad or just looking to have some fun, Check it out!

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Kate (Brittany Snow) is an awkward invisible teen with a hot mom (Jenny McCarthy). John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) is the rich captain of the basketball team, and a real player off the court. When all the girls are forced into the same PE, it comes out that everybody (Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel) is dating John Tucker. The three girls enlist Kate into their schemes for revenge.It's a silly little comedy. I stress the silly, and downplay the comedy. The jokes don't really work. It doesn't have anything real. The girls are perfectly nice. Maybe that's the rub. There isn't any edge to the humor. They're not taking any chances.

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John Tucker Must Die is like the cute but somewhat dim witted cousin of Mean Girls. It's not as smart or interesting but it's still nice to look at. Instead of putting some thought into a story about the real way high school kids live, this film is content to be marginally amusing and about as deep and realistic as the average episode of Saved By The Bell.Kate (Brittany Snow) is the new girl in school. She's passing through her life like she's not even there until three of the popular girls, an overachiever (Arielle Kebbel), a cheerleader (Ashanti) and a hippie activist (Sophia Bush), all discover they're dating the same guy - high school demigod John Tucker (Jesse Metcalf). That sets the girls at each other's throats, until Kate sets them straight about how they're being used. She can do that because her mom has dated an unending stream of older versions of John Tucker. The united foursome set out to get revenge but fail repeatedly. Then they get the idea of making John Tucker fall in love with Kate and breaking his heart the way he broke theirs. The problem is that Kate starts to fall under John Tucker's spell, in addition to developing a flirtation with his brother (Penn Badgely). So the question becomes…just who is going to break whose heart?This movie has a very attractive cast, a charming tone, a quick pace and a script that isn't insultingly stupid. There aren't a lot of laugh out loud moments, but it's inoffensive and will provoke a few smiles. There's a basic level of competent storytelling at work here that, sadly, you don't see all the time. It's really not a bad film.However, it is very easy to sum up the problems with John Tucker Must Die. It's that John Tucker has a last name and neither Kate nor the other three girls do. There's no effort made to ground this story in anything real. It's a collection of clichés that are only slightly rearranged from all the other films and TV shows you've seen them in. It's not based on anyone's actual high school experience or an attempt to understand the dynamics that drive young people to do the things they do. Every situation, characterization and line of dialog here is tissue thin, with no surprises or anything to engage your brain or heart.But not every movie needs to be a masterpiece. Sometimes all you want or need is a frothy diversion and John Tucker Must Die fits that bill. It's pleasant, unchallenging and uninvolving. As long as you don't expect it to have more bite than a 90 year old grandma who's lost her dentures, you'll probably like it…and then quickly forget it.

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