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Jesse Metcalfe
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John Tucker Must Die
Rom-com girls out for revenge fluff.


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Plot
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.


Review
John Tucker Must Die
Opening like a cross between She’s All That, Mean Girls and (uh-oh) The Perfect Man, this rom-com sees a patently attractive high-school ‘nobody’, Kate (Brittany Snow), undergoing a cheerleader-style makeover to bag a man for a bet. Or, more accurately, revenge: the John Tucker of the title (Jesse Metcalfe) has been three-timing, and the girls in question send Kate in to break his heart.

There’s obvious fantasy appeal for girls (being forced to glam up, become popular and snog the fit gardener from Desperate Housewives has its appeal), but it’s all very unlikely and rarely funny, despite a few appealing leads. And the suggestion that a man spiked with oestrogen will start whining and asking if he looks fat can surely only alienate a female audience.


Verdict
A load of formulaic nonsense that should still turn a few young heads thanks to its fantasy plot and Jesse Metcalfe's chest


Reviewed by Anna SMith

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This was a solid teen comedy and though highly derivative, was quite enjoyable, offering up a few humourous moments and a light mood throughout. Some reviews at the time suggested that there was an incongruity between the studio’s intentions for the film to be dark and edgy and that it had failed. But since this was far from my interpretation of the plot and tone, if this was failure, it was so bad that it had become something else, lighter and more fun and that was the film that I had wat... More

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Posted by neopol at 10:00, 03 June 2011 | Report This Post


While its very true that the plot line is weak at times, this is covered by the attractive cast, and the genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments. It may just be a daft teen film, but it knows it and doesnt try to take itself too seriously. There are a few plot twists when the audience need to suspend belief slightly (a man on estrogen crying that he looks fat in his shorts, for his example) but overall as long as it is taken at face value it is a very good film. ... More

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Posted by mo.8975 at 10:01, 04 November 2010 | Report This Post


Nothing new

Steals from other movies that have done it better. Oh look, a teen movie with a party at the end where characters open their hearts and learn valuable lessons. Snore. ... More

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Posted by Caster at 23:48, 07 June 2007 | Report This Post


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