What an odd summer for movies — I didn’t make it to Superman or Pirates, two films I expected to enjoy but decided to avoid after seeing online reviews and reactions, but I did see and enjoy The Devil Wears Prada (beware — it’s oddly seductive about making you think high fashion is something you should buy) and most recently, John Tucker Must Die.
It’s the story of three girls who, when they find out they’re dating the same guy, decide to take revenge with the aid of a new girl cynical about men because of her divorced mother’s love life (played by Brittany Snow, late of American Dreams).
There are many other odd themes and elements to this film that set it apart from your typical teen movie. For one thing, the three girls — head cheerleader, easy “hippie chick” type, and over-achiever — provide more diversity in female roles than you usually see. For another, they’re shown as hating each other when they’re not focusing on their goal.
The movie was very enjoyable with the exception of the weak ending. I think that may have been a case of just not knowing how to get out of the situation they established while still being plausible, entertaining, and audience-friendly. Also, the trailer gave away most of the high points, as happens too often.
Favorite line: Well, first, the setup. Snow’s character talks about how her mother, whenever she’s dumped by another guy, binges on frosting straight out of the can before packing them up and moving to a new town. She and the other girls during one setback also indulge in a pig-out involving frosting. So, near the end, Snow walks into the kitchen, looks at the counter, and yells, “Mom, there’s frosting on the counter… and there’s a cake under it!”
I also spent the whole film trying to figure out who was playing the younger brother until we saw the credits and realized it was the former lead of The Bedford Diaries (the one who’s not Milo), Penn Badgley.
If you liked Fool’s Gold or Scooter Girl, you should enjoy this movie — there are a lot of similarities.