John Tucker Must Die (2006) – movie review

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Movie Review by Dr Kuma

Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel
Director: Betty Thomas

This is a statement as John Tucker is the script writer of this film… only kidding.

There’s not much I can really say about this fluff as it’s squarely aimed at 11-16 year old girls and is very similar to the current AQUAMARINE in look, feel et al.

The teen flick of today seems to be heavily influenced by TV. In the past, THE BREAKFAST CLUB etc were proper films, these films really have the feel of extended versions of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH – all very clean, cliched and vacuous. Still, young girls will lap it up in what remains of the holidays.

The story, which could have been lifted from many a TV show goes as follows:
Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken. That’s it in two lines.

I love the review on IMDB that states, “Movies like this are killing the art of cinema”. To be honest, films like this will keep cinemas in business as they have an audience that isn’t too fussy as long as there are one or two good lines to quote and a hunky guy to fall for. That’s not being disparaging, but this really is a movie that I could have done without; still my friend’s 13 year-old daughter may be impressed I saw it. Then again….

Dr Kuma’s verdict: More Fluff than the poodles in Crufts.

2 out of 6 stars