John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

Betty Thomas (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Jesse Metcalfe bares his chest rather than his soul as the eponymous John Tucker in this pedestrian high-school comedy. But in a departure from his role as a lovesick gardener in TV's Desperate Housewives, Metcalfe shows his range by playing a calculating womaniser. Brittany Snow supplies the cute factor as the new girl who's so keen to fit in that she's co-opted into breaking Tucker's heart by a trio of his vengeful ex-girlfriends (including singer Ashanti). Their plans to make Tucker "undateable" include tricking him into fronting an awareness campaign for a sexually transmitted disease. Still, at least gags like this help to offset the gushing sentiment that puts a dampener on everything. Despite the film's attention-grabbing title, director Betty Thomas can't supply any of the bitchy social satire that made the Lindsay Lohan vehicle Mean Girls so enjoyable.


A high-school student lands himself in hot water for dating three girls at the same time. To humiliate the charming womaniser, his ex-girlfriends hatch a plan to set him up with a socially inept newcomer to the school, instructing her to break his heart. However, the plot founders as romance starts to blossom. Comedy, with Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti and Sophia Bush.

Cast & Crew

John Tucker Jesse Metcalfe
Kate Brittany Snow
Heather Ashanti
Beth Sophia Bush
Carrie Arielle Kebbel
Scott Penn Badgley
Lori Jenny McCarthy
Tommy Fatso-Fasano
Director Betty Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 18 Aug 2006
Comedy Drama