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John Tucker Must Die (DVD)
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John Tucker Must Die (DVD)
Date: 21/07/12, updated on 13/05/13 (90 review reads)
Advantages: An easy to watch teen comedy romance
Disadvantages: None specifically
John Tucker Must Die is a teen comedy released in 2006 starring Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush, Penn Badgeley and Jenny McCarthy.
John Tucker is the most popular boy in high school who's a serial dater and heart-breaker. He goes one step too far when 3 of the girls he's dating at the same time find out about each other and get into a squabble when they realise he's been cheating on them with each other and their discovery lands them in detention along with the new girl who tries to calm them down. Kate is the new girl who hasn't any real experience with boys. Kate's mother Lori's history of poor relationships has meant that they keep moving and Kate resents this, in her part time job as a waitress she witnesses John Tucker in action. The girls all cook up a plan to get John Tucker to fall in love with the "mysterious" new girl Kate so she can break his heart. What they don't account for is that Kate gets on really well with John Tucker's brother Scott (a.k.a. The Other Tucker) who's her lab partner in chemistry and he's not impressed with her behaviour.
Does Kate manage to get John Tucker to fall for her? And if so, at what risk to her own feelings and reputation?
John Tucker Must Die is one of those films probably aimed at a female teenage and 20 something demographic who like a bit of a comedy and romance and good looking stars to boot. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this film really as I didn't think I was part of the target audience. Jesse Metcalfe I had previously seen in Desperate Housewives some time ago as the gardener who had a fling with Gaby Solis - he hadn't made much of an impact on me in that show but I appreciate he's a teenage heart-throb to many. Ashanti I had vaguely heard of her as a singer and caught her as a guest star in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then there's Penn Badgeley of Dan "Lonely Boy" Humphrey in Gossip Girl who I felt played a similar character in John Tucker Must Die (here's hoping he doesn't get typecast in this type of role). Jenny McCarthy for those who don't know is a an ex nude model for Playboy who had a short lived TV show called Jenny in the late 90s and has appeared as a guest star in shows such as Charmed, Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl and Chuck.
Ok let's talk about the story line of John Tucker Must Die. I thought it was rather an interesting premise in some ways - trying to make someone fall in love with their idea of the perfect woman, only to get said perfect woman to dump him once he's in love to teach him a lesson. As a supposedly mature adult, it's not something I would condone as people get together and break up all the time. If you're gullible enough to date a guy who is quite obviously dating pretty much anyone who takes his fancy you should be tough enough to accept the consequences. Why do teenage girls fall for guys this shallow? Well, it's life and that's how it is. What the writers have done here is make an amusing story with a moral behind it that you shouldn't lie to people you care about and shouldn't hurt people emotionally either. It works. I found John Tucker Must Die a rather endearing film and have to admit to a few laugh out loud moments; one of these is certainly when Kate tricks John Tucker into wearing a girl's hot red thong and sneak into her bedroom at an away game, except it's not his bedroom but that of a rather stern female teacher, who drags him out into the corridor by the ear for all of his fellow students to see in the middle of the night. Tucker manages to turn this to his advantage much to the girls' dismay in quite an amusing manner. Jesse Metcalfe did a fair turn in his role, although he's almost too much of a pretty boy to be wholly credible. He's a hard character to dislike in spite of his promiscuous ways and even when he boats to his fellow classmates about his antics, you can see it's obviously locker room talk (which the girls clearly don't get in the film).
Brittany Show was a good choice for the role although she's so cute and pretty that it's hard to buy that her character had never had a boyfriend before. She has a strained relationship with her on screen mother which is probably the reason she's not confident with boys. As an aside, as the mother Jenny McCarthy wasn't at all credible as the mother in the film - she was even nominated for a Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actress in 2007! Show had credible chemistry with Jesse Metcalfe and Penn Badgeley and I imagine I may have been in the minority with who I was hoping she'd get together with at the end of the film. Talking of the end of the film, it was fairly predictable but this didn't mar my enjoyment overall.
Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel and Sophia Bush as the three students who enlist Kate to help teach John Tucker a lesson were decent enough in their roles but I imagine they could have been played just as well (or better) than any number of actresses in the same age range. Quite surprisingly though Sophia Bush won a couple of Teen Choice Awards in 2007 for her role.
John Tucker Must Die is an easy to watch film with a few good laughs along the way. I'm happy to give it a decent 4 out of 5 stars and wouldn't be averse to watching it again in the future when it pops up on TV.
Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush, Penn Badgeley, Jenny McCarthy
Director: Betty Thomas
Producer: Bob Cooper/Michael Birnbaum
Release date: July 2006
Duration: 90 minutes
Summary: A pleasant surprise to enjoy this as I wasn't expecting to...