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I Love You, Beth Cooper
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11.10.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Chris Columbus

Actors:
Hayden Panettiere
Paul Rust
Jack Carpenter

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When the biggest geek in school rocks the mike with an insane Graduation speech, which ends with him professing his love for the most popular girl (Beth Cooper); he sets in motion a chain of events that will make for one hell of a night.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER didnít spark any interest in me when I first saw the trailer and got a good idea of the concept, but then again, itís far from original. There have been more than enough teen movies about Graduation, nerds who dream of hot chicks with asshole boyfriends who need saving, and hot chicks overflowing at the seams with insecurities who apparently want to be saved. Yep, I saw this movie a few years ago when it was called CANíT HARDLY WAIT, which in my opinion is still one of if not THE best presentation of this swanky sub genre. This film borrows from so many others that it fails to be its own movie and as such is not interesting enough to care about.

Iím not against this sort of storyline (obsessed nerds looking to score), I rather enjoy it to be perfectly honest, but for God sake I need these fools to be somewhat entertaining. I didnít care for MISS MARCH because the two friends were morons (even more so than usual), like these two guys most certainly are. If Iím being too hard on them, itís because this CAN be done right as weíve all seen in SUPERBAD and even SEX DRIVE. That said, the main dude should always at the very least, somewhat look or even act the part of ďcoolĒ at some point in the film. My man Denis didnít have an iota of cool in him. Being bitten by a radioactive spider couldnít have fixed this guyís unbelievable set of un-masculine issues.

This brings me to the cast, led by HEROES sex-tart Hayden Panettiere. I say ďsex-tartĒ because thatís what sheís being portrayed as here, which may or may not be hard to swallow after watching her as Claire. She looks fantastic though, better than she does in this season of HEROES (you even get a little side-boob action if youíre looking for it), and I just had to laugh at her cheer scene; they just HAD to make her a cheerleader. Speaking of laughs, there were more than a couple witty dialogue banters and a couple entertaining car incidents (with a scene thatís almost up there with the MEET JOE BLACK car hit). The rest of the crew are blandsville, except for a cool cameo by Alan Ruck as Mr. Cooverman.

I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER has a ďmomentĒ or two but nothing significant enough to be memorable. As I said, Director Chris Columbus and writer Larry Doyle try too hard to mesh multiple movies into one and as a result fail to have a clear voice of their own. We all have our favorite High School films (the list is far too long to mention), and not only will this film NEVER be on any of those lists, you may find yourself sad (or even angry) that you watched this mess instead of re-watching one of those favorites. If you do feel the need to pledge your love for Beth Cooper, do so on DVD as this is one of those generic films that lacks the substance to show off the true HD power of Blu-ray.
THE EXTRAS
Alternate Ending: Wow, are you f*cking kidding me!? This ending was not only a hundred times better, but Denis got to nut up and be a manís man as well! Shame on them for not using this ending.

Deleted Scenes: These were more like seven minutes of extended scenes that didnít add much to the soup Iím afraid. The re-naming jokes were a little funny.

I Love You, Larry Doyle: Writer Larry Doyle explains the thesis behind his story, and I quote ďI wanted to try and cram every coming of age film into one night.Ē Did I call that or what?

We are all different, but thatís a good thing: The cast all admit to being from very different walks of life, and how these extreme differences helped shape their chemistry on screen. I laughed when Paul Rust admitted to looking very nerdy.

Peanut Butter Toast: Actor Paul Rust (Denis) gives us a two and a half minute song/video about making and eating peanut butter toast. Yes, itís just as dumb as it sounds.

Fox Movie Channel Presents in character with Paul Rust: A quick three minute interview about his character in the film. Itís always fun watching these ďone-hitĒ wonder guys come and go in various teen movies.

Fox Movie Channel Presents in character with Hayden Panettiere: A quick three minute interview about her character in the film. Love her or hate her, I canít help but admit sheís looking mighty sexy here.

Trailers: Four trailers, the only good one being for THE MARINE 2, which in all honesty, isnít THAT good.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
You definitely KNOW what youíre getting into with Beth Cooper, as weíve seen this tale many times before. Problem is, most of those other films told the story a little bit better, and in most cases, a whole lot funnier.

Extra Tidbit: Shawn Roberts who plays Beth's douche boyfriend, was also Rogue's boyfriend in X-MEN and will play Albert Wesker in RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE.
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