Just like High School…
By Dan Angell
A stereotype can allow for many good things in a movie. Some of the best comedy is derived from stereotypes. Take “Caddy Shack” for instance. It satirizes the upper class white men who play golf at exclusive clubs and would rather we go back to a society governed by the cast system. Or, perhaps “Animal House” which glorifies the stereotypical college frat brother, is more your speed. These are good examples of good use of stereotypes in a movie. Now, perhaps it is unfair of me to immediately compare John Tucker Must Die to two of the most famous comedies of all time, but the overall point will remain: just like good movies are able to make stereotypes funny, bad movies allow stereotypes to ruin them. Unfortunately, JT falls into the latter category.
The problem is, while those movies allowed the parody to flow through the genuine characters with good acting as well as dynamite script and legendary comics such as Rodney Dangerfield and John Beluschi, John Tucker Must Die relies solely on the high school stereotype for comedy, as it shoves it down your throat, then allows a poorly conceived story to carry you through an hour and a half of your life, before wrapping up all conflict in a 5 minute ending and cut to black. The downfall of this movie was the overuse and absurdity of the parody it relied on and a resolution which was disjointed from the movie in a way that allowed it to end with no satisfaction involving the characters is granted to the audience.