John Tucker Must Die
Three teenagers two-timed by a local lothario decide to turn the tables on him in this romantic comedy. John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) is the big man on campus at his high school — he’s the captain and star player of the basketball team, he’s got money, he’s good-looking and charming, and he can have any girl he wants. However, the latter attribute is about to get him in serious trouble when three different girls at his school — Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush) and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) — discover they’ve all been dating John at the same time. Determined to bring down the campus ladykiller, the girls devise a plan — they pick a cute but socially clumsy girl who is new at school, Kate (Brittany Snow), and give her a crash course in stealing John’s heart. Once Kate has John wrapped around her little finger, she’s supposed to drop him like a bad habit and give him a taste of what heartbreak is really like. However, it seems that the early stages of the plan work a little too well, and John and Kate end up falling for each other for real
This film is geared toward the high school crowd for sure. It has likable actors in it and the characters experience a growth by film’s end, which is not something you always see at the movies. However, as a family movie it falls short with partial rear nudity of John Tucker (Metcalfe), who wears a thong at one point in the film. There is also a ton of sexual innuendo and some strong language. Kate’s mother (McCarthy) wears a Black Sabbath T-shirt and has countless affairs with men, which her daughter calls her on by the end of the film. Let’s just say she is not a good example as a mom. The girls in their anger toward John Tucker put estrogen in his power shake drinks. Don’t worry if John Tucker survives in the film. There’s too much junk to wade through to find out.