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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:

Don't Get Mad, Get Even 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 doit mourir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,276,534, 30 July 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,011,711, 2 November 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,824,526
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jesse Metcalf and Meghan Ory soon will play together in Dead Rising: Watchtower. See more »

Goofs

In the detention scene, Scott's laptop is open. When Kate says "shes hates to miss a moment of being detained," Scott slightly closes his laptop. The next shows the laptop wide open. After Kate sees John outside, the laptop is slightly closed again. When Scott describes the reactions John gets from girls, the laptop is fully closed. The next shot shows it fully opened and then he closes it. See more »

Quotes

Kate: Oh. You're the other Tucker?
Scott: What is that? Is that like "the loser Tucker"?
Kate: Oh, no, no. That's not what I meant. I just... you just don't look...
Scott: Hot, buff, or capable of inciting an all-girl smackdown? No, you're right. Naw, it's-it's cool. I'll let you in on a secret, though. My mom, says I'm special on the inside.
Kate: Good for you.
Scott: Yeah.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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References Chasing Papi (2003) See more »

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Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Written by Francisco Tárrega
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Plenty of eye candy although not much in terms of entertainment and laughs.
26 December 2006 | by christian123See all my reviews

John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) is a guy who can't be trusted by women and when three of his ex-girlfriends, all from different high school cliques, team up for revenge, they do so with the help of the new girl in town, setting her up with Tucker, with the plan to ruin his reputation and break his heart.

John Tucker Must Die offers plenty of eye candy and a good premise yet the final product is pretty forgettable and standard. I'm actually a little surprised that the film didn't turn out to be better since the trailer was entertaining and the premise offered something a little different. I guess I was expecting something as good as Mean Girls and it was really just direct to DVD material. The script was weak and it used so many clichés. Jeff Lowell should stick with sitcoms since he can't come up with enough interesting material to cover a 90 minute running time.

Director Betty Thomas was equally useless and she just used a generic direction. She didn't capture the teen spirit at all and she was just the wrong person for the job. The dialog was predictable and some of it was really corny. Some of the scenes just tried way too hard to be funny. However, the worst part about it was that the majority of the movie was just dull. Sure it looked nice but it only held a little entertainment value.

The acting was, like the film, standard and forgettable. Jesse Metcalfe was average, neither bad nor great. He should stick to supporting roles since he doesn't have the screen presence to carry a film. Arielle Kebbel may not be a fantastic actress but she does have an engaging quality about her and she had a few good lines. Ashanti was so annoying and over the top. She gave the worst performance out of everyone. Jenny McCarthy was just disturbing to look at and her performance was awful. Brittany Snow was cute although she was also enormously bland. Her character was supposed to be bland at the beginning of the movie but even after she went through a change, she was still pretty un-notable. Sophia Bush was pretty good and she had many funny lines. The one good thing about the cast was that they appeared to be having fun and this helped out a little. Overall, John Tucker Must Die is familiar material and it's not really worth checking out. Rating 5/10


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