‘John Tucker Must Die’ is the one for your teenage dreams

I’ve been on a teen movie kick lately. Rewatching the movies I grew up on has and watched back in the day. So I decided to grab some popcorn and watch probably what is one of the most underrated teen movies of the 2000s.

When you see my face, hope it give you hell

Released in 2006, “John Tucker Must Die” was directed by Betty Thomas. She gave us “The Brady Bunch Movie,” the Eddie Murphy version of “Dr. Doolittle,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” More proof that everybody can’t make good movies all the time. The movie itself actually has a good cast. It stars Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Ashanti (She tried to have a music career), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl). The movie was some of their first light in the sun.

the most iconic scene from the movie

The movie follows a group of girls from different clique when end up dating the same popular jock named John Tucker like I had to literally tell you that. His name is in the movie title. After figuring this out, they decided to get revenge on John Tucker by taking the new girl in school and having her break his heart.

As a teen, I thought that this movie was everything. As an adult, this movie wasn’t as good as I originally thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the movie. But it just wasn’t that as good as when I originally saw it. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact the movie didn’t age that well. Like the plot is similar to ‘Mean Girls’ in a sense. A group team to get revenge on an individual that has wrong them or is just a dick. The movie itself is still underrated. It’s doesn’t get enough respect that it should. I mean, it gives more of a modern twist on the revenge plot. But it should be listed on the Top 50 teen comedies.

The acting in the movie is meh. It’s not horribly bad but its nothing that will get them an academy award. For most of them, it was around their first acting job. It’s a teen movie, most people don’t expect for Oscar award-winning acting. Sometimes it felt like forced acting and it didn’t click. Other times it was rather good.


“John Tucker Must Die” is your average teen movie. It’s underrated and a classic. It still remains that even with its downfalls. The acting is meh with it failing to click in times that it needed to click. The parts of the movie didn’t age well but it still presented a more modern take on the team revenge plot.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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