John Tucker Must Die

Director: Betty Thomas

As tasty as a quart of s'mores, John Tucker Must Die is a slumber-party classic that belongs on the same shelf as Bring It On and 10 Things I Hate About You.


My First Studio Feature

This film will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the very first studio feature I cut as sole editor. I am in deep gratitude to Betty Thomas, who pushed the studio to allow me to take the editorial helm, and to Ted Gagliano at Fox for being so so supportive of a fledgling editor.

A few years ago I began to notice that in every class I taught at AFI, many of the students had seen the film on video when they were high schoolers. Come to find out, John Tucker Must Die has achieved a degree of “cult classic.” It’s nice to know that it stands the test of time with young viewers!

The Farewell Film


Step Up-Crew

My assistant editor, the unflappable Warren Paeff, myself (fg), and our vintage editorial equipment in 2005.