Opened: July 28, 2006
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Starring: Brittany Snow, Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, Fatso-Fasano, Jenny McCarthy, Patricia Drake, Taylor Kitsch, Kevin McNulty & Meghan Ory
John Tucker Must Die is a great revenge movie and while you can feel the first decade of the 2000s throughout, audiences will still enjoy the takedown of the title character.
When Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush) and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) all realize they’re dating high school basketball star John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe), they decide to break his heart. They enlist new girl Kate (Brittany Snow) to seduce him and then crush him.
Despite all of the main actors looking years older than they should, it’s a likable cast. Metcalfe is the perfect player from his looks to his personality, while Snow is as sweet as can be.
Story-wise there’s nothing groundbreaking and there’s not much character development. Some slut-shaming and humanizing the player make this feel old in the years since its release.
Final say: Revenge is sweet. ★★★☆☆