JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE
Honesty and Sincerity Are Not Enough
Starring: Brittany Snow, Jesse Metcalfe,
Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel,
Sophia Bush, and Penn Badgley
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Betty Thomas
Executive Producer: Karen Lunder and Marc S.
Producer: Bob Cooper and Michael
Writer: Jeff Lowell
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The three girls then cook up a plan to give Kate a popularity makeover to attract John Tucker. The plan is to break John’s heart like he broke theirs. Kate starts to have qualms, however, as John seems to become more honest with his emotions. Another fly in the ointment is the fact that John’s brother, Scott, is a much nicer guy who’s clearly attracted to Kate.
JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE deals with the games that teenagers in high school play on one another. It promotes more honesty and kindness, but it does so in a pagan atmosphere that accepts the idea of teenagers getting romantically involved. It also tries to get many laughs from the sexual activity that, regrettably, goes on in too many American high schools. For example, there are several jokes about one of the girls being too indulgent of John’s sexual desires. Also, one of Kate’s tricks on John involves getting him to wear women’s panties.
At the end, however, honesty is upheld, Kate confesses and John seems to learn his lesson. The denouement after the climax points out, however, that honesty and sincerity are still not enough. Thus, although John learns to be more honest, the movie makes it clear that he still wants to play the field. The movie could have taken advantage of this point and said something about the importance of sexual purity and other moral values in building character, but it doesn’t. Media-wise families, however, will teach their children and teenagers that honesty and sincerity must be accompanied by a set of biblical values and principles that include many other virtues.
All and all, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE has some entertaining twists and appealing characters, but otherwise is pretty forgettable.
JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE has some entertaining twists and appealing characters, but otherwise is pretty forgettable. The plot deals with the games that teenagers play on one another while dating. The movie promotes honesty and kindness, but it does so in a pagan atmosphere that accepts the idea of teenagers getting romantically involved. It also tries to get many laughs from the rampant sexual activity that, regrettably, goes on in too many American high schools.