John Tucker Must Die - Wikipedia
John Tucker Must Die is a American teen romantic comedy film directed by Betty Thomas. While at work, she sees popular local boy John Tucker on dates with three different girls: chronic overachiever Carrie, Brittany Snow as Kate Spencer; Jesse Metcalfe as John Tucker; Ashanti as Heather; Sophia Bush as Beth. Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti Douglas, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kate is not only a virgin, but has never even been on a date. Directed by Betty Thomas. With Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush. Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for.
When Kate overhears the other girls describing their travails, she knows what they mean. When they say they want to make John Tucker "undateable," she's in.
She agrees to be his next girlfriend, in order to embark on the "systematic destruction of all that is John Tucker. Obviously, this is a bad idea. Still, the girls set to their task with the sort of frantic, montagey gusto that takes up screen time in movies like this -- high concept, derivative, condescending movies.
Their first step involves humiliation. They dose his bulk-up powder with estrogen: But does it need to be quite so proud of its unreserved lack of imagination? John is not only not humiliated, but he also goes on to score even more dates because he seems so "sensitive.
This even though she topples the pyramid -- apparently in this cheerocracy, what Heather says goes. The team outfits Kate with the latest technology bra-mounted cameras, mics, and monitors, conveniently found in the school's expansively equipped Learning Center that allows them to advise her during her various encounters with the target.
He falls pretty much into the scheme, wanting Kate because she turns him down a couple of times, even as she starts to fall for him, because that's what needs to happen.
The seeming moral in John Tucker Must Die has to do with honesty: It also has to do with the fact that Jenny McCarthy, watching her daughter devolve into a vindictive, popularity mean girl, becomes the most reasonable individual in town: Kate does meet an honest boy she likes, Scott Penn Badgleybut she treats him badly as she pursues her aim to "get" John.
Kate tries to intervene, only to get all four of them sent to detention. Later that evening, the girls enlist Kate's help in seeking revenge against John. The girls make several attempts to bring John down, including a PSA campaign claiming he has genital herpes and mixing estrogen into his protein powder, but these initial pranks backfire as John manages to use them to his advantage.
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John breaks up with all three girls, and they agree that breaking his heart is the ideal revenge. They enlist Kate to be the heartbreaker. Armed with the girls' advice on how to impress John and a fresh makeover, Kate joins the cheerleading squad to get John's attention. He immediately notices her and tries to flirt with her, but Kate dismisses him.
John is dismayed that a girl is impervious to his charms, and becomes determined to win her affections. John invites Kate on a date to a bonfire at the beach, while Carrie, Heather and Beth keep an eye on things using a surveillance camera hidden in Kate's bra.
Kate is unprepared after John offers to drive her home, and Beth intervenes to teach her how to kiss. John arrives, forcing Beth to hide in the back of his Land Rover.
Appreciating 'John Tucker Must Die' and Jesse Metcalfe 10 Years Later
At her house, Kate buys Beth time to escape by kissing John, but Beth's skirt gets caught in the car door and ripped off in the process.
John relentlessly chases after Kate, even driving by her house, much to the girls' amusement as they watch him fall for her. The next date is a romantic boat ride, and Kate and John have a good time together. Beth later notices that Kate is falling for John.
BRITTANY SNOW JESSE METCALFE SOPHIA BUSH ASHANTI & ARIELLE KEBBEL JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE (2006)
To counteract this, Carrie secretly videotapes John bragging to his friends in the locker room, saying he'll be scoring "more than baskets" at the upcoming away game. Upon seeing John's chauvinistic behavior, Kate snaps out of it and recommits to the plan. The girls try another plan to embarrass John at a hotel on the night of the away game. Kate seduces John on a video-chat, instructing him to put on a lacy thong and climb out of his room and into hers.
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He mistakenly climbs into a teacher's room instead, and becomes the laughingstock of the school.