John Tucker Must Die

Theatrical Release: July 28, 2006
DVD Release: November 14, 2006
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

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing. Sexual innuendo throughout the film. The mother has several affairs. The cheerleaders do suggestive dances. Two scantily-clad strippers pop out of a cake. A girl demonstrates to another girl how to kiss a boy and it shows it.
Language: H-2; OMG-7; Pen*s-1; Slang for breasts-2; S-5; D-4; A-2; Ba*tard-1; Sl*t-1; Mother F (sound of the letter F)-1
Violence: A few brief rumbles; the girls fight among themselves.
Drugs: Estrogen given to Tucker without his knowledge.
Nudity: Partial rear nudity of John Tucker, strippers. Cleavage.
Other: A Black Sabbath T-shirt is worn by a mom.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Jeff Lowell
Director: Betty Thomas
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 140 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter