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''John Tucker Must Die'' is a 2006 comedy film starring Creator/BrittanySnow and Jesse Metcalf. It was directed by Betty Thomas.

A [[AlphaBitch cheerleader]], Heather, a [[GranolaGirl vegan human rights activist]], Beth, and [[SchoolNewspaperNewsHound the student body president]] type, Carrie, team up to [[RevengeAgainstMen bring down the guy that dated them all at once and then broke their hearts]]. Kate, a [[NewTransferStudent new]] [[NaiveNewcomer girl]] at the school, has never dated a John Tucker but gives the trio advice based on her mother's love life. Together they hatch a plan to break John's heart the same way he broke theirs, using inexperienced Kate as the fake dater.

As the girls are molding Kate into everything she needs to be to win John, she's caught the eye of the "other Tucker," John's little brother. The first couple of schemes, from giving John estrogen pills to make him more emotionally sensitive and implying he has herpes through sex ed ads, do not work to ruin his reputation as a ladies man. As he gets closer to Kate he starts to fall hard and that's when she decides she bit off more than she can chew. When John's birthday rolls around everything comes out into the open and Kate has to stop pretending to be something she's not.
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!!This movie provides examples of:

* TheAce: John
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Heather. Kate later joins the cheer leading squad in order to get John's attention.
* AlphaBitch: Heather, a bit downplayed, but for sure she has some traits. Also Kate, but she gets better. However, Beth and Carrie are nearly as bad, in spite of occupying roles that would normally be more sympathetic.
* AntiHero: Kate is the film's protagonist, but her goal is to humiliate John by manipulating his emotions.
** Even accounting for their (pretty legitimate) WomanScorned feelings Beth, Carrie and Heather come across as rather unlikable. Heather is the worst, smugly throwing a luckless cheerleader off her team to further the plan, but even the other two come across as patronising and insensitive towards Kate.
* AntiVillain: John turns out to be this (Type III).
* BareYourMidriff: Heather
* BecomingTheMask: Predictably, Kate ends up falling for John while pretending to date him in order to set him up to be humiliated.
** Sort of. She grows to like him, particularly after she gets a glimpse of understanding as to why he did it, but it seemed mostly platonic, particularly seeing as she wanted his brother more.
* BeYourself: The whole moral of the movie.
* BigManOnCampus: People see John as this.
* BillingDisplacement: The four girls are given pretty equal credit when Kate has a ''much'' larger role. Plus Scott, the other Tucker, isn't given any billing and he has a pretty large part.
** Probably having to do with the fact that at the time, [[GossipGirl Penn]] [[Film/EasyA Badgley]] was a relative unknown
* BlackBestFriend: Tommy, John's best friend.
* BreakTheHaughty: What the girls try to do to John.
* TheCheerleader: Heather isn't as outright evil as some movie cheerleaders but she's still pretty bitchy and shallow.
* CoolLoser: Kate and Scott
* CorruptTheCutie: Kate slowly turns from the shy sweet new girl into an AlphaBitch due to the influence of the other three.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Kate changes her mind about humiliating John, but the other girls play the pre-recorded "I'm Dumping You" video anyway. Defying genre convention, he doesn't take Kate back afterward.]]
* TheEveryman: Scott, the other Tucker.
* FiveManBand: The four main girls, roughly
** {{The Hero}}ine: Kate. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Self Explanatory]]
** TheLancer: Heather. She's the who contrasts most with Kate. While Kate is sweet and good-hearted, Heather is Sexy and Bitchy.
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Carrie. She knows a lot about technology, spends her time on extracurricular clubs and working on her college application.
** TheChick: Beth. [[GranolaGirl Vegan]] [[SoapBoxSadie activist]] and the most "spiritual" of the four.
*** John is not part of the band, but if he was, he would, definitely fill TheBigGuy role.
* FourGirlEnsemble: Kate, the naive one; Carrie, the [[TheSmartGuy smart]] one; Heather, the sexy one; and Beth, the motherly-ish one.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Beth teaches Kate how to kiss. Although it [[PracticeKiss wasn't pointless]] it was clearly for [[FanService titillation]]. An then we have the appropriate reaction of a dorkish guy:
-->Kiss her again!
* GranolaGirl: Beth.
* HollywoodNerd: Carrie
* HotMom: Lori, Kate's mother. To her daughter's chagrin.
** EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Beth comments on her hotness.
* JerkJock: John definitely qualifies; he's the obnoxious star of the basketball team.
* JerkassFacade: John presents his relationship with Kate in very crude terms when he's talking to his friends so they won't know he really likes her.
* KarmaHoudini: Everyone. Seriously. All the girls get away with torturing John all year, and John gets away with being the school slut all year all with one little apology. Then they all forgive each other and have a wacky food fight.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Lori
* AManIsNotAVirgin: A [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged Trope]]. John ReallyGetsAround, but ends up becoming LadyKillerInLove. [[spoiler: In the end, John tries to dismantle this trope and say what's wrong with this trope. None of the guys listen, and instead praise him for getting laid so much.]]
** Kate gets John to put on ladies' underwear by implying it's a common practice during sex, giggling about how he's "so inexperienced".
* MarryThemAll: John Tucker at the end of the film.
* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Everyone turns out to be this.]]
* PracticeKiss: Two of the titular character's girlfriends practice kissing together after Kate admits the she has never kissed anyone.
* ReallyGetsAround: Beth is rumored to do so.
** John and Lori also fit this.
* SassyBlackWoman: Heather
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Carrie works on one.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Scott
* WhamLine: "Will you be my girlfriend?"
* WithFriendsLikeThese: It does stretch belief a little that Kate would stay close pals with Beth, Carrie and Heather after everything.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As if to illustrate the above, the girls temporarily shun Kate from the group because she doesn't hate John enough.
* WomanScorned: Three actually.
* YouAreTheNewTrend: After an elaborate plan to humiliate John backfires ([[LongStory long story]]), every guy in the school starts to wear visible frilly thongs without any qualms. [[{{Squick}} Even old men.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:From L to R: Kate, Beth, John, Carrie and Heather]]

''John Tucker Must Die'' is a 2006 comedy film starring Creator/BrittanySnow and Jesse Metcalf. It was directed by Betty Thomas.

A [[AlphaBitch cheerleader]], Heather, a [[GranolaGirl vegan human rights activist]], Beth, and [[SchoolNewspaperNewsHound the student body president]] type, Carrie, team up to [[RevengeAgainstMen bring down the guy that dated them all at once and then broke their hearts]]. Kate, a [[NewTransferStudent new]] [[NaiveNewcomer girl]] at the school, has never dated a John Tucker but gives the trio advice based on her mother's love life. Together they hatch a plan to break John's heart the same way he broke theirs, using inexperienced Kate as the fake dater.

As the girls are molding Kate into everything she needs to be to win John, she's caught the eye of the "other Tucker," John's little brother. The first couple of schemes, from giving John estrogen pills to make him more emotionally sensitive and implying he has herpes through sex ed ads, do not work to ruin his reputation as a ladies man. As he gets closer to Kate he starts to fall hard and that's when she decides she bit off more than she can chew. When John's birthday rolls around everything comes out into the open and Kate has to stop pretending to be something she's not.
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!!This movie provides examples of:

* TheAce: John
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Heather. Kate later joins the cheer leading squad in order to get John's attention.
* AlphaBitch: Heather, a bit downplayed, but for sure she has some traits. Also Kate, but she gets better. However, Beth and Carrie are nearly as bad, in spite of occupying roles that would normally be more sympathetic.
* AntiHero: Kate is the film's protagonist, but her goal is to humiliate John by manipulating his emotions.
** Even accounting for their (pretty legitimate) WomanScorned feelings Beth, Carrie and Heather come across as rather unlikable. Heather is the worst, smugly throwing a luckless cheerleader off her team to further the plan, but even the other two come across as patronising and insensitive towards Kate.
* AntiVillain: John turns out to be this (Type III).
* BareYourMidriff: Heather
* BecomingTheMask: Predictably, Kate ends up falling for John while pretending to date him in order to set him up to be humiliated.
** Sort of. She grows to like him, particularly after she gets a glimpse of understanding as to why he did it, but it seemed mostly platonic, particularly seeing as she wanted his brother more.
* BeYourself: The whole moral of the movie.
* BigManOnCampus: People see John as this.
* BillingDisplacement: The four girls are given pretty equal credit when Kate has a ''much'' larger role. Plus Scott, the other Tucker, isn't given any billing and he has a pretty large part.
** Probably having to do with the fact that at the time, [[GossipGirl Penn]] [[Film/EasyA Badgley]] was a relative unknown
* BlackBestFriend: Tommy, John's best friend.
* BreakTheHaughty: What the girls try to do to John.
* TheCheerleader: Heather isn't as outright evil as some movie cheerleaders but she's still pretty bitchy and shallow.
* CoolLoser: Kate and Scott
* CorruptTheCutie: Kate slowly turns from the shy sweet new girl into an AlphaBitch due to the influence of the other three.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Kate changes her mind about humiliating John, but the other girls play the pre-recorded "I'm Dumping You" video anyway. Defying genre convention, he doesn't take Kate back afterward.]]
* TheEveryman: Scott, the other Tucker.
* FiveManBand: The four main girls, roughly
** {{The Hero}}ine: Kate. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Self Explanatory]]
** TheLancer: Heather. She's the who contrasts most with Kate. While Kate is sweet and good-hearted, Heather is Sexy and Bitchy.
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Carrie. She knows a lot about technology, spends her time on extracurricular clubs and working on her college application.
** TheChick: Beth. [[GranolaGirl Vegan]] [[SoapBoxSadie activist]] and the most "spiritual" of the four.
*** John is not part of the band, but if he was, he would, definitely fill TheBigGuy role.
* FourGirlEnsemble: Kate, the naive one; Carrie, the [[TheSmartGuy smart]] one; Heather, the sexy one; and Beth, the motherly-ish one.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Beth teaches Kate how to kiss. Although it [[PracticeKiss wasn't pointless]] it was clearly for [[FanService titillation]]. An then we have the appropriate reaction of a dorkish guy:
-->Kiss her again!
* GranolaGirl: Beth.
* HollywoodNerd: Carrie
* HotMom: Lori, Kate's mother. To her daughter's chagrin.
** EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Beth comments on her hotness.
* JerkJock: John definitely qualifies; he's the obnoxious star of the basketball team.
* JerkassFacade: John presents his relationship with Kate in very crude terms when he's talking to his friends so they won't know he really likes her.
* KarmaHoudini: Everyone. Seriously. All the girls get away with torturing John all year, and John gets away with being the school slut all year all with one little apology. Then they all forgive each other and have a wacky food fight.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Lori
* AManIsNotAVirgin: A [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged Trope]]. John ReallyGetsAround, but ends up becoming LadyKillerInLove. [[spoiler: In the end, John tries to dismantle this trope and say what's wrong with this trope. None of the guys listen, and instead praise him for getting laid so much.]]
** Kate gets John to put on ladies' underwear by implying it's a common practice during sex, giggling about how he's "so inexperienced".
* MarryThemAll: John Tucker at the end of the film.
* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Everyone turns out to be this.]]
* PracticeKiss: Two of the titular character's girlfriends practice kissing together after Kate admits the she has never kissed anyone.
* ReallyGetsAround: Beth is rumored to do so.
** John and Lori also fit this.
* SassyBlackWoman: Heather
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Carrie works on one.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Scott
* WhamLine: "Will you be my girlfriend?"
* WithFriendsLikeThese: It does stretch belief a little that Kate would stay close pals with Beth, Carrie and Heather after everything.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As if to illustrate the above, the girls temporarily shun Kate from the group because she doesn't hate John enough.
* WomanScorned: Three actually.
* YouAreTheNewTrend: After an elaborate plan to humiliate John backfires ([[LongStory long story]]), every guy in the school starts to wear visible frilly thongs without any qualms. [[{{Squick}} Even old men.]]

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7th Jan '13 4:54:02 AM RossN
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''John Tucker Must Die'' is a 2006 comedy film starring Creator/BrittanySnow and Jesse Metcalf. It was directed by Betty Thomas.
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* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]]: [[spoiler: Kate changes her mind about humiliating John, but the other girls play the pre-recorded "I'm Dumping You" video anyway. Defying genre convention, he doesn't take Kate back afterward.]]

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* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]]: DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Kate changes her mind about humiliating John, but the other girls play the pre-recorded "I'm Dumping You" video anyway. Defying genre convention, he doesn't take Kate back afterward.]]



* MarryThemAll: John Tucker at the end of the film.



* TenchiSolution: John Tucker at the end of the film.
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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As if to illustrate the above, the girls temporarily shun Kate from the group because she doesn't hate John enough.
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* JerkassWoobie: By the time John's humiliation rolls around, it isn't as fun to watch as initially expected. The "Will you be my girlfriend?" scene has a vicious case of DramaticIrony.
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* JerkassWoobie: By the time John's humiliation rolls around, it isn't as fun to watch as initially expected. The "Will you be my girlfriend?" scene has a vicious case of DramaticIrony.
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* JerkJock: John Tucker is quite nice to everybody but deep down he's a bit of a jerk (specially to women).

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* JerkJock: John Tucker is quite nice to everybody but deep down definitely qualifies; he's a bit the obnoxious star of a jerk (specially the basketball team.
* JerkassFacade: John presents his relationship with Kate in very crude terms when he's talking
to women).his friends so they won't know he really likes her.
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* AntiVillain: John turns out to be this.

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* AntiVillain: John turns out to be this.this (Type III).


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* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Everyone turns out to be this.]]
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Kate gets John to put on ladies' underwear by implying that it's common and he hasn't heard of it because he's inexperienced.


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** Kate gets John to put on ladies' underwear by implying it's a common practice during sex, giggling about how he's "so inexperienced".
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* AntiHero: Even accounting for their (pretty legitimate) WomanScorned feelings Beth, Carrie and Heather come across as rather unlikable. Heather is the worst, smugly throwing a luckless cheerleader off her team to further the plan, but even the other two come across as patronising and insensitive towards Kate.

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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Kate gets John to put on ladies' underwear by implying that it's common and he hasn't heard of it because he's inexperienced.
* AntiHero: Kate is the film's protagonist, but her goal is to humiliate John by manipulating his emotions.
**
Even accounting for their (pretty legitimate) WomanScorned feelings Beth, Carrie and Heather come across as rather unlikable. Heather is the worst, smugly throwing a luckless cheerleader off her team to further the plan, but even the other two come across as patronising and insensitive towards Kate.Kate.
* AntiVillain: John turns out to be this.


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* WhamLine: "Will you be my girlfriend?"
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