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John Tucker Must Die (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  28 July 2006 (USA)
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Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy (as Fatsô-Fasanô)
Basketball Coach
Patricia Drake ...
Amanda Li ...
Spelling Bee Girl
Cute Boy (as Jeff Ballard)
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Kate (Brittany Snow) is the new girl in school. She catches John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) dating three different girls at once: Carrie - the smart girl, Heather - the cheerleader, and Beth - the activist slut; none of them are aware that they are not the only girl in John's heart. Kate, having been raised by a single mother, has seen the pain caused by playboys like John Tucker, and she won't stand idly by. Together with the three jilted ex-girlfriends, they hatch a plan to teach John a lesson. Things rarely go as planned, especially when Kate starts to think that she might be falling for John herself. Written by napierslogs

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Women Want Him. Men Want to Be Him. But These Girls Want to Kill Him. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Tucker doit mourir  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,276,534 (USA) (28 July 2006)


$41,009,669 (USA) (27 October 2006)

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Did You Know?


When the girls go over to Kate's house in the background there is a picture of the actual person that plays Kate (Brittany Snow) when she was younger. See more »


(at around 1 min) When John is playing basketball and Kate is a cheerleader, the countdown time reads 41.5 seconds to the next period. However, more than 30 seconds passes and yet when the countdown timer appears next, the timer reads 16.1 seconds; the man holding the camera and the woman beside him disappear from the scene entirely, even though they were right behind John; and the coach has also moved approximately 10 feet from where he was while telling John to get in the game. See more »


Kate: Hydrogen and Oxygen walk into a bar and see Gold... they say Au, get outta the bar!
Scott: Um...
Kate: Because Au is the atomic symbol for Gold...
Scott: [slightly irritably] Yeah I got it.
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Crazy Credits

A little bit into the credits and there's a scene in Tokyo, Japan. There are three girls out by a fountain looking at their cell phones. Of course, the picture on the cell phone screen in John Tucker in thong. See more »


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Written by Jesper Mortensen and Jeppe Breum Laursen
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The Trailer Pretty Much Summed up the Film...
21 September 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

...But, Jesse Metcalfe is still hot. Shame about his limited acting ability though, as the infamous John Tucker was simply a more confident version of his "Desperate Housewives" character John Rowland, but nevertheless, Metcalfe seems to enjoy his characters, and certainly makes them come to life. In the case of "John Tucker must Die", Metcalfe's John Tucker is the most popular guy in school and a total player, cheating on three girls from different social circles, who were never meant to find out - until they unexpectedly had gym class together.

The three girls being Ashanti's bitchy cheerleader Heather, Arielle Kebbel's smart hard working Carrie, and Sophia Bush's semi-reject, semi-slutty Beth. The girls all dislike each other very much and argue about who Tucker likes the most, but new girl Kate (played by the lovely Brittany Snow) points out to the girls that instead of fighting each other, they should be uniting to get revenge on the guy that has lied to them all - and thus begins the four girls attempting to bring down John Tucker.

"John Tucker Must Die" is strictly formulaic in terms of teen-comedies in that situations do not go as planned for the girls, causing Tucker to become even more popular (if that is at all humanly possible). Throw into the mix Kate's inexperience when it comes to guys, being caught between John Tucker and the affections of his brother 'the Other Tucker' Scott (Penn Badgley), and her mother (played very well by Jenny McCarthy) who has a lot of man problems herself.

"John Tucker Must Die" is a highly-likable film in terms of some funny moments, a fairly decent cast, a cool soundtrack and things move at a steady pace, but the main problem is that just when some morals are going to be dished out at the end of the film, something happens and the morals are not told. Which is a big shame, because for the target-audience of this film, they could really use some good morals being dished out to them. Nevertheless, "John Tucker Must Die" is an all-round enjoyable film. Oh - and Ashanti can act, but be warned - her fabulous hair often takes up most of the screen and at times over powers her performance. But she has great hair so that's okay.

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