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John Tucker Must Die

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sketchy high school revenge comedy.

Movie PG-13 2006 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Really good for all ages!

This title has:

Great messages
age 14+

Not for kids under 14, but funny :)

I think that this movie was a funny, hilarious movie that was very care free. I thought some parts were a little unecessary but, it was a good movie to watch, just relax and not have to be pulled in. Lots of sex language, sl** is used a lot and "doing" her. I thought that this didn't have to have that, and could have been even cuter with a little less language and sex. I took my 13 year old and I felt a little uncomfortable taking her to see it, and I regret it. It's a funny movie, but you have to sit down and enjoy it to actually like it.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (22):

Beginning with the fact that every "student" is visibly too old to be in high school, this film is out of joint. Its plot is drawn from any number of sources, including Mean Girls and The Perfect Man, with a dash of Heathers as well. The result is that Betty Thomas' movie strains to be sweet but also cynical, without satisfying on either count.

The main characters constantly indulge in sex-chatter and mildly trashy behavior, giddily exploring their deceitful powers. (Ostensibly, this is what it means to be an adult, as Kate's mother's experiences suggest.) Kate does meet an honest boy she likes but treats him badly as she pursues her aim to "get" John. The fact that the guy is John's younger brother seems an unnecessary complication: oh the insidiousness of high school comedies! Though everyone supposedly learns the value of honesty, the film closes with the song that spells out their priorities: "I want you to want me." The poor students in this high school are caught up, no matter which way they turn.

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