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Title: John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 22, 2013, 06:42:41 am
John Tucker Must Die



I finally got to check out John Tucker Must Die based on the recommendations on here. The movie is far from perfect, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The cast itself is able to move the plot along effortlessly, but not without some missteps along the way. First off, the plot is kind of an accidental 'Mean Girls'. Instead of Kate (Brittany Snow) joining an already established clique in High School, she becomes an unwitting co-conspirator with three other girls that just found out they were cheated on guessed it, John Tucker. Along the way to pretending to be someone she is not, she suddenly becomes the most popular girl in school and gets the biggest player to fall for her. If it wasn't for Snow, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush, and Ashanti, this movie would absolutely suck beyond anything else out there.

But the quartet, beyond obvious reasons, does manage to make things interesting and Jesse Metcalfe in the title role is good, but I still have issues with some of the subplots, especially "The Other Tucker". So, they set it up that he and Kate have "chemistry" with each other, when in fact there is absolutely no actual chemistry between the two actors playing said characters. None. It was not believable in any way, shape or form. So, with that little thing out of the way, we are to accept there is an attraction to each other. Along the way, Kate falls for John, to the point where its implied that she's now in love with him, but then at the very end, she just walks away from him and then back into the waiting arms of "The Other Tucker" who gladly takes her back (even though technically he never had her to begin with), knowing that she "chose" John over him instead knowing full well that she just tried to crush and humiliate his brother in front of the entire school? The other subplot that doesn't even have a resolution at all is the one involving Kate's mother, played by Jenny McCarthy. I was expecting her character to have an epiphany when she realizes her choice in men is dubious. The writer and / or director dropped the ball on this one as this is left unresolved and we never know if she finally changes her dating habits.

Like I said, the story and motivations for the characters are barely discernible for the most part. It doesn't help that I'm being super picky by expecting way more than most 'Teen Comedies' have to offer. But there are some good jokes and sight gags to be found in the movie and the quartet does make the movie play better than it absolutely should. I say it's worth a Rent just for them alone. Just don't expect anything along the lines of some of the better Teen Comedies out there.
Title: Re: John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 22, 2013, 06:43:16 am
John Tucker Must Die DVD Screencaps

Maybe of The Quartet....
Title: Re: John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Post by: Neumatic on July 22, 2013, 07:53:13 pm
I agree with the Jenny McCarthy thing, she definitely needed at least some promise that there'd be the PROMISE that she can have a strong relationship, you know?  I'd actually have disliked if she ended up with a guy, all she has to do is reject the next guy she'd normally pick up.

Also agree about the Other Tucker, I think it's more dramatic if she doesn't have that "out," you know?  If it's just the one guy there's the possibility that she could end up alone at the end.

Shame that I haven't really seen the girls in much more, you know?  I've seen Arielle in an indie, Sophia Bush had a couple shows but nothing that set me on fire (she was a real nympho in "Table For Three," which you would THINK involves a threesome but doesn't), and Ashanti... where's she?
Title: Re: John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 22, 2013, 08:49:49 pm
All they had to do with Jenny's character was one little thing at the very end of the scene when Kate calls her out on her choice in men. Have Jenny realize the merit of what Kate says and then have her turn toward Skip standing at the door, look him up and down for a couple of seconds and then SLAM the door in his face. That would have been her resolution. It so simple and yet, somehow THIS gets overlooked. Why? What the f*ck. The scene writes itself and yet....nothing. What we end up with is Jenny looking off into space with a 'duuuuuh' look on her face. What a dumb way to end the scene.
Title: Re: John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 22, 2013, 08:51:41 pm
Arielle Kebbel without question had the best run of "crazy girlfriend" on 90210. She actually brought something good to what was a throwaway character and is the only one people will remember in the revolving door of actresses they brought in every few episodes to play another 'crazy chick'.