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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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Betty Thomas

Writer:

Jeff Lowell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Metcalfe ... John Tucker
Brittany Snow ... Kate
Ashanti ... Heather
Sophia Bush ... Beth
Arielle Kebbel ... Carrie
Penn Badgley ... Scott
Jenny McCarthy ... Lori
Fatso-Fasano ... Tommy (as Fatsô-Fasanô)
Kevin McNulty ... Basketball Coach
Patricia Drake Patricia Drake ... Coach Williams
Amanda Li Amanda Li ... Spelling Bee Girl
Jeffrey Ballard ... Cute Boy (as Jeff Ballard)
Taylor Kitsch ... Justin
Steve Bacic ... Skip #1
Dean Wray ... Skip #2
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Tucker Must Die See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,276,534, 30 July 2006

Gross USA:

$41,011,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,824,526
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ashanti had multiple concerts she had to perform during the making of the film, while Sophia Bush was also committed to shooting One Tree Hill (2003). See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, in the spelling bee, the host spells 'wrong' W-O-R-N-G. It is clear that this is intentional when Kate makes a face at the spelling. See more »

Quotes

Basketball Coach: [sees John in the thong and Coach Williams holding John's ear] What the hell?
Coach Williams: I think this belongs to you, Coach. I found it in my bed.
John Tucker: Coach, make her let go.
Basketball Coach: [to Coach Williams] Let go.
[Coach Williams lets go of John's ear]
Basketball Coach: "Live and let live" is what I say, Tucker. Takes all kinds to build a freeway. But I am not equipped for this kind of weirdness THIS CLOSE TO THE PLAYOFFS!
[...]
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After the cast list in the credits, the movie shows the girls walking past a staircase. A teacher is walking down and drops a whole pile of papers and the papers spread all over the staircase. A group of male teachers come by and they bend down to help. When they bend down, you see different patterned thongs. See more »

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Extended Cut Features nudity and is 10 seconds longer than the original version seen in theaters. See more »

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Run-of-the-mill teen comedy
13 September 2006 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

You'd think that a movie called "John Tucker Must Die" will approach the parameters of a gritty look on high school-style existentialism. As the National Geographic Channel puts it, think again.

John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe of "Desperate Housewives") is the star of their high school's basketball team, and he's secretly dating three girls simultaneously. Upon learning how their "serial-cheating" boyfriend is three-timing them, cheerleader Heather (Ashanti), intellectual Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) and activist Beth (Sophia Bush) plot for revenge. They set him to fall for new girl Kate Spencer (Brittany Snow) and have her break his heart later on.

So that's "John Tucker Must Die." It's a film that tries to go for the feel-good parts of the standard teen flick, along with the usual high school relationship subplots. But gritty it's not. Though initially the movie seems to head towards being an effective satirical comedy, it immediately becomes just another stock sleaze. Betty Thomas' direction is breezy enough but she fails to give the film a distinctive bite as Jeff Lowell's screenplay seems not to draw a bead on to the vaguest notion of creativity.

Metcalfe is effective as the eponymous lead while Snow (who I recall as Zoe in "The Pacifier") could have been charming but the problematic script doesn't give her a juicy character that could rise beyond its stereotype and she ends up bland. In fact, one could arguably root more for John Tucker. As for the rest of the cast, they're a mixed bag with Ashanti and Jenny McCarthy as Kate's mom figuring prominently in my head.

"John Tucker Must Die" isn't so much an absolute schlock. Despite its transparent and derivative nature, it does have some of its moments that elicit chuckles. It's that sort of movies I watch on sleepless nights on cable given the right mood. But with a title as toothsome as that, it tantalizingly could have been way better.


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