Box art for John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

comedy, romance

In high school, a group of popular cheerleaders plot revenge on their triple-timing boyfriend to discover that dating is the hardest subject of them all.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Sketchy high school revenge comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that they'll have to do some course correction after their teens see this movie -- which they'll all want to do. If your kids think this is how to relate to the opposite sex, they'll never find true love. The almost constant sexual references -- both visual (mostly girls in scant costumes) and verbal (slang for genitals and activities) -- are hormonally age appropriate but not recommended as healthy teen interaction. Sketchy behaviors revolve around a high school basketball star who dates multiple girls; the girls seek revenge by humiliating him in public. Their strategies involve crass gender stereotypes (girls get the boy to behave and dress like a "girl," assuming this is a bad thing). Characters drink alcohol.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether this film presents a realistic depiction of cheating boyfriends and vengeful girlfriends. And what about revenge in general -- is it ever acceptable? Does John deserve to be put in his place? And while we're on reality checks -- whose mom looks like Jenny McCarthy? More seriously, though, what about the relationship between the mother and daughter? Does that bring up any hot spots with your own teens?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Hopeful cinephiles might long for pitch-black satire a la Heathers ... but this by-the-book high school revenge comedy has the spine of a wet ramen noodle.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, July 28, 2006

Rotten: Not the worst of its kind, but few over the age of 14 will find it worth forking out for.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Thursday, August 17, 2006

Rotten: John Tucker Must Die is trying to be Mean Girls with a more pointed purpose, but it's less fun than it sounds.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, July 28, 2006

Audience Reviews

1 star

this movie sucked. if you want a good teen comedy watch mean girls or superbad. the only reason to see this is because of the scene were brittany snow is wearing red lingerie but you could probably find that on youtube. D

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

2 stars

Starts off nauseating but it gets better, It's cliche & stupid but has some fun moments & it's not packed with nauseating moral lessons & is actually better than most of the nauseating chick flicks I've seen in my entire life, I'm not gonna lie & say I didn't enjoy this more than...let's say...Inglorious Basterds

- arashxak, Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 stars

This was fun to watch. It does have funny scenes in it.

- 3niR, Tuesday, February 16, 2010