John Tucker Must Die
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Jesse Metcalfe, Sophia Bush, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel
20th Century Fox
||It's for the
teens, and me.
||Only if you're in
||Skimpy outfits and
volleyballs to various faces.
||In the high school
genre of laughs.
||"You can't really
hum a Cheap Trick song."
I was torn this morning as I was deciding whether to see
the Woody Allen movie, "Scoop," with Scarlett Johansson, or
catch the teen girl movie "John Tucker Must Die." Not being
a Woody Allen fan, I opted for the teen girl flick. Iíll
have to wait until I see "Scoop" to really see if I made the
right choice, but Iím always up for a fun, teen movie, and
"John Tucker Must Die" wasnít all that bad, even if the
story isnít really new.
John Tucker Must Die
A Movie Review
The movie opens with the narration of Kate (Brittany
Snow). She frustrated because her mom, Lori (Jenny
McCarthy), canít find a good man, and when things go bad,
well, she moves from town to town seemingly in search of
that good man. This has led Kate to be mostly a loner in her
life, unable to establish any friendships, and Kate kind of
likes it this way. Being on the outside looking in, she can
see the kind of pig John Tucker is, and after some
cat-fighting during gym class, she becomes involved with
three girls from different cliques within the school, whom
John Tucker has been cheating on. We have Heather (Ashanti),
the cheerleader. We have Beth (Sophia Bush), the
hippie-chick. And we have Carrie (Arielle Kebbel), the smart
girl who is also good-looking.
Now as smart as our quartet seems to be, John Tucker
(Jesse Metcalfe) really seems to be the mastermind at this
school. The girls try to turn John into an emotional wreck,
which of course backfires. The girls try to make him a
poster-boy for herpes, which of course backfires. And the
girls, well, I think you get the point Ė pretty much
everything the girls do to try to destroy John Tucker
doesnít work. And so when the simple things donít seem to
work, they come up with the idea of breaking his heart and
that is where Kate comes in. The girls will train Kate in
how to get John to really fall for her, and when the time is
right, she will crush his heart. The only problem is that,
or course, Kate is really a nice girl, then she starts to
fall for John, then she is conflicted because John still
needs to learn a lesson, and then, as it the case with most
high school movies where the outsider becomes an insider,
everyone has to learn a lesson. Cake gets thrown, and all is
well in the high school world.
The movie could have gone down a dark road had it really
been about killing John Tucker, but really our quartet just
wants him to be a social pariah. The thing our girls donít
seem to understand is that when, if ever, is the captain of
your champion basketball team ever going to be a social
pariah? But that doesnít matter, because what the girls do
accomplish in their quest is kind of funny, and just as
funny is how John turns his various embarrassments into
The movie does have its moments, though nothing really
surprising for the teen, high school genre, but Iíll give
some credit to all of the lead girls, and Jesse Metcalfe,
for playing their roles pretty decently. Lessons are learned
at Forest Hills High, which of course are never learned at
any other high school in the United States.
"John Tucker Must Die" really doesnít break new ground
and is geared for the teen girl crowd, but I liked it
anyway. As dark as the title sounds, our girls are pretty
tame when it comes to crushing a man. Either that, or John
Tucker will be President some day because he can take any
situation and make it his benefit. Itís 3 stars out of 5 for
"John Tucker Must Die."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!