When Denis (Rust), the geekiest guy in high school, proclaims his love for super-popular Beth Cooper (Panettiere), during his valedictorian speech, everyone is...well... speechless! But the real shock comes that night when... more » Beth shows up at Denis? house with her two best friends to show him how the cool kids party.« less
Peter C. from MAPLEWOOD, NJ Reviewed on 4/28/2012...
Very cute funny movie, and Hayden Panettiere is a hottie!
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Jonathan H. (bigjohn84) from WILLIAMSTOWN, KY Reviewed on 4/28/2011...
good funny movie
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A Pleasant Surprise
John Hunt | 10/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With the characteristics listed that led to its PG-13 rating you might think that I Love You, Beth Cooper would be piece of crap. But, the trailer had hooked me so I checked it our anyway. I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) is the valedictorian of Buffalo Glenn High School. He is obviously a smart kid for in addition to his class standing as he has been accepted into a premed program at Stanford University and he is the captain of the debating team. On the downside he isn't very good looking, isn't an athlete, and isn't very successful with girls. He has had a long time crush on the head cheerleader, Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere), but has been too shy to speak to her. Besides she has a boyfriend in the army who perhaps just might be special forces material.
Denis has a very sexually confused friend, Rich (Jack Carpenter), who everyone else thinks is gay. Rich puts Denis up to telling Beth what he really thinks during his valedictory speech. This was clearly out of line. While he is on a roll he also tells what he thinks of everyone else including Beth's boyfriend who is on leave for the event, the school bully, and the schools rich [...]. Finally he suggests that his Rich embrace his presumed sexuality.
This leads to several reactions the most encouraging for Denis is that Beth speaks to him and "lets him live." Denis manages to invite her to his graduation party before being assaulted by her very angry boyfriend. Being spared serious bodily harm by the intervention of the school principal, Denis and Rich go home to their party which seems to be only the two them. Then surprisingly Beth with her two sidekicks Cammy (Lauren London) and Treece (Lauren Storm) actually show up to the party. Denis and Rich descend into complete dorkiness and probably the whole incident would have been a joke for the girls. But, then Kevin (Shawn Roberts) and his two army buddies crash the "party" resulting in the two nerds and the three hot girls spending an evening together, mostly on the run from the army guys.
While much of the action is typical of teen flicks, Beth Cooper manages to capture something very special. One begins to realize that Beth's life as one of the coolest girls in Buffalo Glenn isn't really all it's imagined. She is smart enough to realize that it over. While graduation marks the beginning of a upward tend in Denis's life, it will mark beginning of a downward slope for Beth's. This brought home in a scene in which the girls go back to the school and do their cheerleading routine for the Denis and Rich. Panettiere portrays Beth's sadness convincingly in this scene.
The teen antics are overplayed as is typical in films of this genre. In real life Beth and Kevin would be arrested for the excess depicted. They would be sued for more than they could payoff in a long time as well. But, It's all in good fun and I'd chalk it up to comedic license. The same goes for the bedroom scene envolving Rich with Cammy and Treece. Perhaps he really isn't gay after all!
Some have criticized the movie based on the implausibility Beth being temporarily interested in nerdy Denis. However, Beth isn't stupid even if she is far from the idealized dream girl Denis had long fantasized . Her relationship with Kevin was clearly deteriorating. Perhaps she saw a chance to move up to a future doctor. Cetainly her life the popular girl in high school is over and she knows it. Beth turned out to be quite a bit different than Denis has imagined but the reality had its own merits. But, she really does need to learn to drive safely if she wants to be around for the ten-year reunion!
Blu-ray: For a Chris Columbus directed film, I expected more
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 11/04/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Just another teenage graduation night film? Or something much better?
"I Love You, Beth Cooper" was a film that debuted back in the Summer of 2009 and is based on a 2007 novel by writer Larry Doyle ("The Simpsons", "Beavis and Butthead"). With a screenplay adaptation from the novel by Doyle, the film would be directed by Chris Columbus ("Mrs. Doubtfire", the first two "Home Alone" and "Harry Potter" films), music composed by Christophe Beck ("The Pink Panther 2", "We Are Marshall", "Elektra") and cinematography by Phil Abraham ("Mad Men", "The Sopranos").
Larry Doyle has mentioned that his inspiration for the story was films like "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club" and his take on graduation night and the adventures of five teenagers.
The film revolves around Denis Cooverman (played by Paul Rust, "Semi-Pro", "Inglourious Basterds"), a valedictorian at his high school who is planning to go to college at Stanford University. A smart student, he has his life going for him. But if there was one thing that he regrets, it's the fact that he has always had a crush on Beth Cooper.
He hangs out with his best friend Rich Munsch (played by Jack Carpenter, "The Return of Jezebel James", "The Journal") who gives him a pep talk that because it's graduation day, if he has things to get off his chest, let it out with no regrets. Tell Beth Cooper how he feels and for Denis, this stays in his head but instead of telling her face-to-face, he figured why not tell her on graduation day during his valedictorian speech.
As he gives his speech and talks about living life with no regrets, in front of everyone at the graduation, he tells the popular cheerleader Beth Cooper (played by Hayden Panettiere, "Heroes", "Shanghai Kiss", "Malcolm in the Middle") that he loves her and how he has always loved her. But somehow along the way, his speech starts to go downhill as he takes a swipe on fellow students such as his his best friend, Rich (who he tries to give a hint that its time to come out of the closet), a swipe at the school bully that has tormented him throughout their school years, a hint to the girls who has an eating disorder, a swipe that men shouldn't be dating high school students (a dig at Beth Cooper's boyfriend Kevin, who is played by Shawn Roberts) and a dig on a popular but yet shallow student. Of course, no names are being said but high school students start to judge who may be the person Denis is referring to and thus changes the jovial graduation to a graduation full of discomfort and confusion. Needless to say, students who think Denis was talking about them, give him the stare of death after the graduation day.
Denis doesn't realize the severity of what he has done but for Beth Cooper, she was very much appreciative of what he had to say, although her military boyfriend Kevin is not and really wants to beat Denis up.
Fortunately, this causes problems between Beth and Kevin and sure enough, Denis is able to get her to possibly come to party he is hosting at his house.
Since Denis and Rich are not exactly popular students and very much are nerds, his parents (played by Alan Ruck and Cynthia Stevenson) leave the house for some R&R and hope their son has a great party. Of course, during a man-to-man talk with Denis and his father, his father tells him and Rich that if needed, there are condoms in the drawer of his bedroom. Of course, Denis is happy his dad is giving his blessing to get lucky tonight while Rich wonders if the condoms are meant to be used on each other (furthering Denis's feelings that his friend is gay).
So, while the two wonder if anyone is going to come to their party, Beth Cooper and her two popular cheerleading friends Cammy Alcott (played by Lauren London, "90210) and the bubbly yet not-so-smart Treece (played by Lauren Storm, "Flight 29 Down", "The Game Plan") come to the party. With no one else coming, both Denis and Rich try to entertain the ladies but meanwhile, Beth tries to make her ex-boyfriend Kevin jealous by telling him that she's spending her time with Denis.
Next thing you know, Beth's ex-boyfriend Kevin and two of his military friends go to Denis's home and so livid that his girlfriend is spending time at Denis's house, they start trashing the place, while Kevin's mission is to literally beat up on him.
Denis tries to fight and defend himself and of course, it leads to nothing and thus both he and Rich end up escaping the house through the window and falling to the ground. After sustaining some injuries, the two manage to join Beth Cooper and friends on an adventurous graduation night which leads them to bare Beth's bad driving, buying beer at a convenience store, going to a farm to tip cows, going to a graduation night party where a lot of the high school kids are at and avoiding destruction on the roadway while trying to have a good graduation night and for the most part, to be out of the way of Kevin and his friends.
But through the night, Denis who feels that he knows everything about Beth Cooper starts to see a side of her that he has never seen before. A good side but also a bad side.
Will Denis survive the night and will Beth Cooper get to know the real him?
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"I Love You, Beth Cooper" is presented in 1080p High Definition (AVC@33MBPS). For the most part, picture quality is pretty good as the film is featured in the sunlight. But the film pretty much takes place during the night. During the day, colors are vibrant, during the evening the blacks are nice and deep and I saw no visual artifacts or banding.
For the most part, the film looks very good. But to tell you the truth, I didn't notice too many details that stood out. The truth is that there are not exactly a lot of memorable scenes as most of the action takes place inside Denis's home or inside Beth's car. Seeing the scabs or blood all over Denis's face is something I wasn't really trying to look for detail but if there was one scene that stood out, it was a breathtaking scene overlooking the lake and mountains near the end of the film. Picture quality is good for the film on HD.
As for the audio, audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (also in Spanish, Portuguese and French 5.1 Dolby Digital). The film is primarily a dialogue and music driven film and are front and center channel driven. There are some scenes that utilize the surrounds such as crowds heard or the various crashing of cars or during the more action-based scenes. Probably one scene where you get the most action is when Beth Cooper literally crashes to a home where party is being held. But for the most part, the film is literally more about the dialogue and the music and the lossless audio definitely showcases the modern music of this film.
Subtitles are featured in English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese and Cantonese.
"I Love You, Beth Cooper" comes with the following special features:
* Alternate Ending - (6:59) An alternate ending which features Kevin and his friends making one more encounter with Denis. An ironic ending but personally, I'm glad that they didn't use this ending. * Deleted Scenes - (7:36) Featuring four deleted scenes: The Graduate, College Worthy Handyman, Beth Digs for Buried Treasure, Beth Remembers a Cooverman Moment. * I Love You, Larry Doyle - (5:52) Novel/screenwriter Larry Doyle talks about the book and the film adaptation and how films like "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club" inspired him. * We Are All Different, But That's a Good Thing - (8:53) A featurette focusing on the cast talking about the characters they play and the great dynamics that the characters have. The talent talk about how they enjoyed working with Hayden Panettiere and director Chris Columbus. * Peanut Butter Toast - (2:48) Paul Rust singing an improvised song about "peanut butter toast". * Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character with Paul Rust - (3:01) Fox Movie Channel presents Paul Rust talking about the movie and his character. * Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character with Hayden Panettiere - (3:01) Fox Movie Channel presents Hayden Panettiere talking about the movie and her character. * Trailers - Trailers for "My Life In Ruins", "Adam", "Fame" and "The Marine 2.
"I Love You, Beth Cooper" was like a mashup of my favorite teen/young adult films that I have enjoyed in the past and present. A little bit of "Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club", "Say Anything", "American Pie", "Superbad", "Go", "Nick and Norah's Playlist" to name a few. With each of those films, there is a sort of redemption with the characters or some type of happy ending. I suppose you can say that with this film, "I Love You, Beth Cooper", it's more like a one night stand that really doesn't go anywhere after that. I couldn't help but feel that perhaps there were major differences between the novel and the film version.
As for the main characters, it's not that they are unlikeable but Denis and Rich are your stereotypical nerds and with this storyline, you sort of think that this film would predictable in that the nerd gets the hot girl at the end or meets some success, whether redemption against the bully or possibly even getting a new girlfriend.
If anything, for most teen films or similar style of films, the main nerd characters always gets the better end of the deal at the end of the film but in this case, I felt that redemption was given to the Denis's best friend Rich (who is just a supporting character) and he gets to have all the fun at the end and somehow, that just didn't seem right to me. Somehow the main character, Denis Cooverman gets lots in the shuffle and by watching this film, you can't help but feel sorry for him. He literally becomes the human punching bag and you wish for that "3:00 High" moment of redemption of where he would defend himself. It's important to note that there is an alternate ending included on the Blu-ray via the special features where Denis does get that redemption but unfortunately, the final cut chose not to go that direction.
"I Love You, Beth Cooper" is not a bad film nor is it a spectacular teen film. But I'll admit, I did enjoy it. I enjoyed the nightly adventures by the five characters (granted, it helps if you had a wild experience during your graduation night) and the crazy adventures they endured throughout the day and night. There are some comedic moments courtesy of the character of Rich and Treece.
And fortunately there are some shining moments with Paul Rust as the main character of Denis. If anything, he is a good hearted guy. Nerdy..but a good-hearted guy who is not all that good with talking to girls. Rust captures that feel of the character and that awkward nerdiness. Hayden Panettiere is very good at playing the popular cheerleader who likes to have fun and party but also likes to have some danger in her life (sounds similar to her "Heroes" counterpart but really, it's not). And it was great to see Alan Ruck as Denis's father in the film, 23-years later after taking part in his own successful, teen adventure film as the best friend in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
But it's that one scene that was changed in the film from the novel (the convenience store scene) between Denis and Beth Cooper that was so important but in order to not get the R rating and keep it at PG-13, I felt would have really made sense to the audience of why Rust's character starts to see things differently with Beth Cooper. In my opinion, that was one scene critical to the novel that brings a turning point to the storyline. So, it's unfortunate that version of that one scene was not used.
Overall, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is an entertaining teenage graduation night film but nowhere near being classic.
At the end of the day, you can see how Chris Columbus and even Larry Doyle tried to bring that John Hughes style to the film. But Hughes was a master in character development and knew how to take those characters to the craziest and more touching moments of the film. We see the adventure, we just don't feel captivated by the characters. Again, the film has its share of fun moments but it's the final payoff that you expect from these type of films is what is lacking from "I Love You, Beth Cooper". In the end, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is a fun popcorn flick but nothing more than that."
RAZORBACK FAN | ARKANSAS | 11/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
This is the story of a high-school nerd who has had a crush on the most popular girl in school, Beth Cooper. He decides to declare his love while giving a speech in front of the whole school, while doing this he also takes the opportunity to strike back at the bully who tormented him, as well as a few other classmates he has a score to settle with. Beth and her two hot girlfriends come over to his house and they all are pursued by Beth's psycho boyfriend who wants to kill him. As they encounter various adventures through the night he sees that Beth is not the ideal girl he thought she was, but he comes to like her for who she really is, a slightly insane girl who has a wild side and a good heart. Over all I liked this movie, while it is predictable at times it reminds me of a time in my life that I will always fondly remember, I think we all have a Beth Cooper in our lifes.
Hayden + Nails + Chalkboard
C. Chow | Leesburg VA | 03/27/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Hayden + Nails + Chalkboard
I've said Hayden Panettiere could rake her nails across a chalkboard for 90 minutes and it would still make a great movie. Apparently this inspired director Chris Columbus.
'I Love You Beth Cooper' isn't just a bad rip off of "wild girl falls in love with shy guy" which we've seen over and over and over and over and over and over again. ('Risky Business' 'Girl Next Door') IT IS NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD from beginning to end.
The screenplay is almost as bad as a Stephanie Myer book. Almost. I laughed three or four times total. The jokes are plain unfunny and predictable. The bullies show up for a fight. What a shock, Hayden saves the day by crashing a car into the house.
Even worse, the injuries. People being run over by cars or falling off of buildings is funny because it's unreal and ridiculous. People having real accidents and spurting blood out of their fingers, mouth, and nose, isn't funny. It's nauseating. Is this a teen comedy or is Chris Columbus remaking his 'Homes Alone' films with more blood?
Hayden's nails on a chalkboard might be entertaining but it's star Paul Rust's nails that we have to put up with for 90 minutes. Is this his real voice or is he trying to outdo Jerry Lewis' "Laaaaaddddaayyy"? Either way he far out ranks Sandra Bullock, Rosie Perez and Fran Dresser as more annoying than a car alarm. Seriously. It will be days before I can erase his screeching voice from my mind!!!
Another sign of doom is that this is a raunchy teen comedy rated PG-13. DOOM!
Whatever falling out Chris Columbus had with the studio whom kicked him off the 'Harry Potter' series he has really sunk to the lowest level of low.
Worse yet Columbus has the nerve to embroil the celestially beautiful and talented Hayden Panettiere in this cesspool of a film.
The two stars go to Hayden who deserved far better than this! All Hayden fans be warned! Just as with 'Heroes' fast forward to the Hayden scenes with your one free hand. But with 'I Love You Beth Cooper' also apply the mute button! "
Torn on I Love You Beth Cooper
Michael Griswold | Rockford, USA | 12/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was caught between three and four stars on this one because while I liked it, I can understand why other's would not like it. The premise is actually pretty good, high school geek admits in his valadictorian speech, his crush on the pretty and popular cheerleader Beth Cooper. The speech is actually one of the best parts of the movie. The humor however appears lost on anyone over a certain age (we'll say twenty to twenty five is the cutoff.)Underneath the high schoolish humor and the unbeilvably of the plot twists, there is an intresting message about living for the day and seizing the moment that archs through the entire movie, along with seeing beyond looks and perception in people.
Sometimes, I like the cliffhanger ending were the viewer is allowed to make their own conclusion about what happens to the characters, but the lack of a definitive hook up by Beth and Denis takes away from the movie I feel, because it leaves one wondering "Was this just a one night thing" or do they hook up later on. Another downside, I don't think the characters were as fleshed out as they could've been, but i'm not sure if that's a problem in the writing or acting. Hayden Panettiere seemed like she was playing the tweener cheerleader (were we supposed to dislike her at first and than grow to feel empathy for her later or were we supposed to feel sympathy for her all along ?
Still I liked this movie, despite the crazy scenerios and the basic characters that lacked depth because on some level, I could relate to it because most of us have chased the popular girl/guy. It was fairly fun and a harmless way to spend two hours, if you watch the extras. Sometimes, I feel like movies get analyzed to death. Every movie does not and shouldn't be Godfather, Citizen Cain, etc. This is an intriguing movie for the teenage to young college crowd."