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Why John Tucker Must Die is more feminist-friendly and better than Mean Girls

A SYTYCB entry

(This is a piece I wrote for my blog “Taking it One ‘Stef’ at a Time.”)

Yes, I understand that I am making a very strong claim.

And yes, I am going to prove my claim correct.

A lot of people would probably disagree with me on this considering Means Girls (2004) is pretty much the cult classic of my generation and has plenty of quotable lines, but I finally watched John Tucker Must Die (2006) in its entirety on TV like around a month or two ago and it actually is a favorite film of mine now. I even like it more than Mean Girls, which was never entirely up there among my favorite films to begin with, but I do still like that movie as well.

As I watched it, I noticed that it bears a strong resemblance to Mean Girls. It did come out after Mean Girls, so perhaps it did borrow a point or two. Both films portray modern day drama in a cliche high school setting, making me believe that these kinds of films deserve their own genre since there are so many of them out there, but what else do these two films have in common? Without further to do, here is a compare and contrast of Means Girls and John Tucker Must Die.

The Leading Ladies

First of all, isn’t it kind of ironic how both girls pretty much have the same first name? When I write a ...