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"JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE"
(2006) (Brittany Snow, Jesse Metcalfe) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Minor Heavy None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None Mild Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy None None Moderate Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A group of high school girls put their differences behind them so that they can get revenge on the most popular guy in high school who's been dating all of them simultaneously.
PLOT:
Kate (BRITTANY SNOW) is an average teen who's the new girl at her high school. With her promiscuous but constantly heartbroken mom Lori (JENNY McCARTHY) as her only role model for the world of dating, Kate has yet to enter that, not only because she's only witnessed failure, but also because she's always seen herself as invisible.

That's unlike John Tucker (JESSE METCALFE), the most popular guy at her school who's also rich and the captain of the basketball team. Along with his best friend and fellow athlete Tommy (FATSO-FASANO), John enjoys the attention the ladies pour over him, such as from head cheerleader Heather (ASHANTI), vegan Beth (SOPHIA BUSH) and intellectual school TV reporter Carrie (ARIELLE KEBBEL).

He thinks he has it made, but when those three girls discover that he's been dating all of them simultaneously, they're shocked, heartbroken, and mad. Although she doesn't know them, Kate suggests that they get revenge on him, and it doesn't take much persuasion to convince them. But as their attempts to make him "un-dateable" backfire, they eventually decide to make him interested in Kate only to have her then dump him.

She's initially reluctant, but soon enjoys the newfound popularity as well as the attention he pays to her, much to the concern of her mom and his more low-key brother Scott (PENN BADGLEY) who are dismayed by her change in attitude and behavior. As the girls continue with their quest, Kate finds herself torn and must then decide what she should do.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many teens and some pre-teens will be interested in it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexual content and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JESSE METCALFE plays the most popular guy in high school, the wealthy captain of the basketball team who's simultaneously dating Heather, Carrie and Beth (with whom he's apparently had sex), and then becomes interested in Kate, only to end up really falling for her.
  • BRITTANY SNOW plays the average girl who thinks she's invisible to others until she conspires with the other girls to get revenge on John, for whom she unexpectedly ends up falling. She uses some profanity.
  • ASHANTI plays the head cheerleader who initially looks down on Kate, but realizes they can use her to get revenge on John for simultaneously dating all of them.
  • SOPHIA BUSH plays the promiscuous vegan who's apparently the only one of the girls who's gone all of the way with John.
  • ARIELLE KEBBEL plays the highbrow overachiever and class TV reporter who also wants revenge on John.
  • PENN BADGLEY plays John's more low-key brother who likes Kate in that she's different from the other girls, and thus is disappointed when she seems to turn into one of them. He uses some profanity
  • JENNY McCARTHY plays Kate's sexy mom who dates a lot of the wrong guys and then pulls up roots to move somewhere else to do the same thing again.
  • FATSO-FASANO plays John's lascivious best friend and fellow athlete.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 2 partial uses of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Various instances of sexually related dialogue are present (including talk of unseen sexual activity, as well as an unrelated VD ad campaign).

    Various females are seen in revealing attire while a guy is seen in some small, thong underwear. There's some butt patting, two girls briefly but sensuously kiss (in demo mode), and there's some boy-girl kissing.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, some students appear to drink alcohol, while a possible drug-related reference is made. Other behavior may be enticing for some kids to imitate, while there's some comedy-based and slapstick style violence as well as some brief contact during a basketball game.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there are some brief strobe effects at a party late in the film.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some spin around camera movement.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • One of Lori's boyfriends holds a beer bottle.
  • A student suspiciously asks Kate if she's a "narc."
  • Before getting to know her, Beth asks Kate if she's the girl who "wigged out" and went to rehab.
  • Students appear to have beer at a sunset gathering.
  • Beth finds another girl's bra in the backseat of John's jeep, but pockets it after she finds that it's made from 100% hemp (a possible drug reference).
  • Kate mentions one of her mom's boyfriends being in rehab.
  • Seen from a distance, John pours champagne or something similar for Kate and himself on a boat.
  • Students appear to be drinking at a party, and after the truth has come out, one student throws his beverage (possibly beer) onto Kate. When she's joined by the other girls, they also have such liquid thrown onto them.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Beth states that estrogen pills are made from horse urine.
  • When Scot spills some liquid on the front of his pants in chemistry class, he jokes that it makes him look like he peed.
  • Kate announces that she has to pee.
  • One guy in a locker room makes a farting sound with his hand under his armpit, followed by others, with Tommy then letting out a real one (with others reacting to the smell).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • John simultaneously dates all three girls, but keeps that secret from them. Once they discover that, they have some bad attitudes toward each other before joining forces to get revenge.
  • The three other girls are initially condescending to Kate.
  • Before getting to know her, Beth asks Kate if she's the girl who "wigged out" and went to rehab.
  • The girls plot to spike John's sports powder with estrogen pills (he then ends up getting emotional and has tender breasts and nipples, etc.). Beyond that act, some viewers might find the notion of estrogen causing hyper-emotionalism as offensive.
  • About John being hyper-emotional on the court (from being spiked with estrogen) his male coach tells him, "Don't be a pansy-ass."
  • As Kate is being compared to the other girls, one says that she's not as smart as Carrie.
  • Kate conspires with the girls to get John to fall for her so that she can dump him.
  • After Kate counts too slowly to three (practicing for her delayed response to anything John says to her), one of the girls says, "We don't want him to think you're retarded."
  • About her mom going out with a pilot, Kate says he's probably in town on layover "looking for someone to lay over."
  • Tommy views women as potential sexual conquests (but that could also just be locker room talk).
  • After the truth has come out, one student throws his beverage (possibly beer) onto Kate, and when she's joined by the other girls, they also have such liquid thrown onto them.
  • At the end, we see that John really hasn't changed his ways (of dating many girls), but he does introduce one girlfriend to another to avoid any surprises.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Hasta la vista mother..." "No f-ing way" (said just like that), "You're beating the sh*t out of each other," "(Oh my God, I'm a) Slut," "The clap" (gonorrhea), "(I just updated my) Boob cam," "Slut in truck," "You're/I'm whipped," "Uncork and pork," "Stripper cake," "Loser," "That sucks," "Holy jama-lama," "You're hot," "He's a total operator," "What the hell is your problem?" "Jerk," "You're like the Swiss, you're neutered," "Wigged out," "Shut up," "You're mom is so hot," "Jeez," "Sorry, princess" (said by a guy to a guy), "Don't be a pansy-ass," "Shallow bastard," "We don't want him to think you're retarded," "We are so going to neuter him," "D-amn" (said in an exaggerated and elongated fashion), "Dude," "You little perv," "Holy jo-mama" (or something sounding like that), "Oh crap," "Sucks," "Go Greenpeace his ass," "What the hell happened out there?" "That's messed up," "Your butt is my screensaver," "Now everyone knows Victoria's secret" (said about seeing John in a thong), "Not the same thong and dance," "You got Tucked over," "Totally screw everybody over," "You're the man" and "Suck."
  • The film could inspire some kids to imitate attempts to embarrass others (by various means, as occurs in the film).
  • The cheerleaders wear midriff-revealing tops, short skirts and do a sexualized dance routine during a cheer.
  • All of the main core of girls, along with some miscellaneous ones wear tops that reveal varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a good amount).
  • The main group of girls as well as Lori and miscellaneous other characters wear various styles of midriff-revealing tops.
  • Heather coughs out the word "slut" when referring to Beth.
  • Heather says she takes her mom's estrogen pills to get a larger chest.
  • The girls plot to spike John's sports powder with estrogen pills (he then ends up getting emotional and has tender breasts and nipples, etc.).
  • The girls have Kate play hard-to-get to draw John's attention.
  • Carrie slaps Kate to make the latter regain her composure.
  • One guy in a locker room makes a farting sound with his hand under his armpit, followed by others, with Tommy then letting out a real one (with others reacting to the smell).
  • The throwing of birthday cake onto another person results in more thrown, followed by an all-out food fight (played for comedy).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has lyrics about "I want you so bad" and "I want you so good."
  • A song has the lyrics "I want you to want me, I need you to need me, I'd love for you to love me" (possibly meant sexually in nature).
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 2 partial uses of the "f" word (an incomplete one used with "mother" and another abbreviated as "f-ing"), 7 "s" words, 6 slang terms for sex (variations of "hook up" and "pork"), 2 for breasts ("boob"), 4 damns, 3 asses (1 used with "hole"), 3 hells, 1 crap, 11 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use of "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • One of Lori's boyfriends pats her clothed butt in her skirt.
  • The cheerleaders wear midriff-revealing tops, short skirts and do a sexualized dance routine during a cheer.
  • All of the main core of girls, along with some miscellaneous ones wear tops that reveal varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a good amount).
  • We see a montage of John at dinner with the various girls, telling Carrie that she's sexy when she speaks French and the two then passionately kiss. He then tells Heather that she looks hot in what she's wearing and then adds, "I bet it looks hotter off you." And Beth (a vegan) tells John that she doesn't have to give up all meat (referring to his genitals).
  • John pats Beth on her clothed butt. She then sticks her finger into his mouth so that he'll lick off some frosting from it.
  • Scott feigns some slight sexual sounds while imitating how most girls react upon seeing or thinking of John.
  • John passionately kisses Heather.
  • As the girls discuss John, Beth says that he makes up and then hooks up with them. That catches Carrie and Heather by surprise, with Carrie asking about that "hook up" part. Heather coughs out the word "slut" and after Beth says she and John share something, Carrie sarcastically says, "You've both been in your pants."
  • When Beth comments about liking being up close with John (as in body contact), Heather says that they all know what happens when boys get happy (possibly an erection reference).
  • We see John posing shirtless (in jeans) for a photo shoot. We then see that he's been set up to appear as a model for a V.D. ad campaign (genital herpes, referred to as "the clap").
  • Various buxom characters (including Lori) are often seen in tight tops that accentuate their busts.
  • Heather says she takes her mom's estrogen pills to get a larger chest. The others chide her for that, with Beth saying it will cause her natural estrogen to stop and that she'll end up growing a mustache and penis.
  • About John suddenly being emotional (due to being spiked with estrogen), a girl suggestively tells him that she wants to feel a real man.
  • About breaking up with John, Beth says she's so depressed that she couldn't enjoy the make-up sex with him (drawing looks from the other girls). She then says, "Oh my God, I'm a slut."
  • Eating chocolate after John has broken up with them, one girl says that he's like the chocolate of the snack world, with one sarcastically asking, "What, he has to get with all of the candy on the shelf?"
  • As Kate is being compared to the other girls, one says that she's not "experienced" like Beth.
  • Holly says that John likes girls on top, and then adds "Of the (cheering) pyramid."
  • The girls place a small surveillance camera on Kate's bra strap (we see part of that when they're connecting her to what they call the "boob cam"). Beth complains that he'll find that in five minutes, but Carrie has her "speak into the cleavage" to test it.
  • Trying to charm Kate on their date, John asks how he got so lucky to be with a girl like her, wondering if it's his charm or "my amazing butt."
  • About John, Beth says that he keeps things PG-13 on the first date.
  • When Kate isn't sure how to kiss John, Beth shows her how, leaning in close, and then kissing her sensually (causing a young boy to stop in his tracks and tell them to do it again (with Beth calling him a "perv" for watching). When John then arrives before expected, Beth has to hide in the back of his jeep, causing another girl who's watching to state "Slut in truck." Beth then finds another girl's bra in the backseat, but pockets it after she finds that it's made from 100% hemp.
  • Kate passionately kisses John as a distraction of Beth having her skirt stuck on his jeep. We later see that she's torn away from it, and briefly see her holding some ripped material in front of her panties. She then comments that this isn't even her date and John is still getting her out of her skirt. Kate then passionately kisses John for real.
  • About Kate's date with John, Beth is shocked he was able to get intimate without getting intimate.
  • In the locker room with other shirtless guys around, Tommy talks about he and John getting (or possibly beating - as in defeating) some Central High "tail," someone mentions John being "whipped," followed by him saying that he's not, and that he's going to be scoring more than points that night. There's more talk of "porking" (sex), with John shaking and then slapping his own butt (we later see part of that exchange played back on video).
  • About her mom going out with a pilot, Kate says he's probably in town on layover "looking for someone to lay over."
  • We see Kate modeling (for the other girls) a sexy bra and panty set (when she opens her robe) that she's going to use to lure in John via an Internet video camera chat. While chatting with him that way, she tries to act seductively, and shows part of her bra strap to him. With hints from the girls who are also there (but off camera), Kate tells him there's a gift under his bed and that she wants him to wear it when he comes over to see her via walking along the outside hotel balcony. It's a pair of thong underwear and he's initially reluctant, but she convinces him after joking about it being cute how inexperienced he is (he says he's not). He then goes along the balcony wearing a towel and gets into bed in just that thong. But it's the middle-aged, female PE coach who comes in instead. She's mad, grabs him by the ear and then parades him out into the hall where everyone (boys and girls) sees his mostly bare butt in that thong (and he tries to cover the bulging pouch in the front with his hands). We later see photos of him in that pose and one girl comments that his butt is her screensaver. We later see that photo as viewed by some girls overseas, and Kate jokingly states, "Now everyone knows Victoria's secret" and a comment is made about "not the same thong and dance."
  • John turns the thong misadventure in his favor, sporting one on the court (the top of it sticking up out of his basketball shorts), saying it's like letting your best friend sleep in a silk hammock and that it gives you just enough swing. Later, we then see the other players wearing theirs the same way. We then see several regular students also wearing them, visible as they bend over in their regular pants. Toward the end of the film, we see middle-aged male faculty members doing the same thing.
  • Kate tells John that she's not some '82 Bordeaux "that you want to uncork and pork." But John likes her and announces that he is "whipped."
  • Two bikini-clad women pop up out of a cake at a party for John.
  • A miscellaneous male student says that there's nothing wrong with hooking up with the finest girls at school.
  • Some songs have potentially sexually related lyrics (see that category for more details).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • High school.
  • Dating.
  • A teacher collapses at the bottom of some steps (and is seen lying motionless face down). We hear she had angina, but turned out okay (all played lightly, with no suspense).
  • V.D. (there's a running gag about John appearing in an ad about that).
  • Heather says she takes her mom's estrogen pills to get a larger chest.
  • Holly saying that the most important thing a cheerleader wears is her attitude.
  • Kate's comment that she was invisible for so long that it felt good to be noticed.
  • VIOLENCE
  • When the girls first discover (during gym class) that they're all dating John, they become confrontational. Heather twice serves a volleyball hard into Carrie, knocking her down with the second. The two shove each other, with Carrie pushing Heather on the head. A free-for-all then breaks out, with more shoving, slapping, and the hitting of others with a bag of volleyballs (played for comedy).
  • There's some contact between another basketball player and John on the court (the guy bumps into John repeatedly until John shoves him backwards).
  • John tries to run and jump over a player's head to dunk the basketball, but his crotch ends up hitting the guy's face, knocking him down.
  • John breaks up with all three girls and we see a montage of all of them slapping him in response.
  • Kate accidentally causes (while on the top) a cheerleading pyramid to collapse and they all fall to the floor, but are unhurt.
  • Carrie slaps Kate to make the latter regain her composure.
  • Kate accidentally head-butts John, and this happens again later (both are okay).
  • After getting wet from the sprinklers, Kate receives some slight electrical jolts from the hidden camera she's wearing.
  • A waitress drops a tray of plates (that break on contact with the floor) upon seeing John with Kate on a date.
  • A middle-aged, female PE coach grabs John by the ear and leads him out into the hallway while mad at him after finding him in her bed (he's there mistakenly).



  • Reviewed July 21, 2006 / Posted July 28, 2006

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