John Tucker Must Die Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
This is a story about revenge involving three high school princesses—Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush) and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel)—who discover they are all dating and sacking up with the same prince (Jesse Metcalfe). After their common interest is revealed during phys-ed class, the teens are ready to physically rip each other apart. Fortunately, newcomer Kate (Brittany Snow) has observed plenty of playboys, thanks to her upbringing by a constantly man-hunting single mother. When she points out the misdirection of their passions, the women scorned decide… John Tucker must die… or at least taught a good lesson.
Seeing Kate (who is usually invisible amongst the high school crowd) for the first time, the trio recognizes she has the potential to be perfect boy bait. Determined to have John receive a taste of his own three-timing ways, Heather, Beth and Carrie train their new recruit on some basic principles (requiring a practice kiss between two females) that will allow her to gain the hot jock’s affections and then drop him like an even hotter potato. With a wealth of high tech equipment (which every high school surely comes equipped with), the gang is ready to monitor and coach Kate through the entire catch and release scenario. Of course, they just don’t count on her falling in love.
Mixing the worst from movies like Mean Girls and She’s All That>, this poorly conceived plot doesn’t even manage to create characters that are truly bad. Instead, you find yourself pitying these girls for not simply getting on with their lives and letting this John run his course. If this were reality, outcomes like sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies would eventually supply the “justice” they are looking for. But, like so many movies, the irresponsible sexual behavior portrayed by these students is never addressed. Ignoring such heavy stuff, the screenplay instead wanders into a secondary romance between Kate and John’s younger brother to provide a consequence-free sloppy ending.
Although none of the characters in this film look anywhere close to the age of the seniors they represent, they do attempt to make a positive cynical statement about peer pressure and the importance of “being yourself.” These ethics are most clearly illustrated during one of the movie’s few funny moments when the baseball team and even the teaching staff all start wearing women’s thongs after the trend-setting John gets caught in one.
While the uttered threats never amount to murderous intentions, the empowerment theme tends to focus more on self-interests than self-improvements. Even with the tacked on morals in the closing moments, parents will need to carefully consider if they want John Tucker’s example to live or die for their family.
Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release July 27, 2006. Updated April 27, 2009
John Tucker Must Die
Rating & Content Info
Why is John Tucker Must Die rated PG-13? John Tucker Must Die is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sexual content and language.
Although the title implies far more serious intentions, the plot of this PG-13 teen movie never includes a murder attempt. However parents should still give consideration to the film’s themes and subject matter considering all the major characters are supposed to be teens. Sexual discussions ensue between girls who are having sex with the same boy and one girl implies that sex is a necessary activity within a relationship. While “training” another girl how to kiss, two females share a practice kiss, and another young boy voices his approval of this activity. Other sexual issues include a teen boy shown wearing a pair of women’s thong underwear and a teen girl is seen in a bra and panties. Profanities are sporadic, and include mild to moderate profanities, scatological terms, and the near use of a sexual expletive on two occasions. Violence is limited to various girls physically shoving each other and slapping a boy, as well as revenge seeking. A group of boys have a flatulence contest in a locker room.
Page last updated April 27, 2009
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John Tucker Must Die Parents' Guide
Do you think any of the three girls who dated John did so because they truly liked him? Or were they more “in love” with what he represented? Do you think a healthy relationship can develop if one or each person basis their affection on image and style?
Why is revenge a dangerous game to play? Does it offer a long-term solution to a problem? When have vengeful acts in a high school environment turned into a serious situation? Are adults also prone to this emotional reaction?
An obese boy in this movie is often seen eating and being flatulent. How do stereotypes like these undermine certain types of people in reality?
The most recent home video release of John Tucker Must Die movie is November 14, 2006. Here are some details…
Just in case you didn’t see enough of John Tucker in the theater, the DVD release of John Tucker Must Die also includes an extended version of the film, as well as wide and full screen presentations. This dual-sided disc provides audio commentary by director Betty Thomas, editor Matt Friedman and writer Jeff Lowell, alternate and deleted scenes, a live performance of People in Planes “Instantly Gratified,” a making-of featurette, a chance to go On Set Tour with Jesse Metcalfe, and the theatrical trailer. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), with subtitles in English and Spanish.