Like ADVENTURELAND and CHARLIE BARTLETT, I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER is a little more than the usual crude teen comedy. It is indeed pretty crude at times, and it’s not quite as smart as those other two films, but it’s not bad. Denis Cooverman is your typical high school geek/valedictorian with a film buff buddy who may (or may not) be gay. For years Denis has sat behind beautiful blond head cheerleader Beth Cooper in all their classes, and he’s in love with her even though she doesn’t know he exists. So at graduation, Denis uses his valedictorian’s speech to finally say what he’s always wanted to tell her (as well as taking shots at a number of his classmates). Then, surprisingly, Beth and a couple of her beautiful cheerleader friends show up at Denis’s graduation party that night.
A lot of the madcap adventures that follow fall into the typical teen comedy category, but the screenplay by Larry Doyle, based on his novel, also takes pleasure in turning some expected stereotypes on their ear. It makes for a pretty funny movie that’s occasionally touching, even though it’s not very believable most of the time. I think it was missing one final twist where one of the characters was concerned, but that’s just me. Overall, I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER is an entertaining movie and worth watching. And for some of you out there (you know who you are), let me add just one more thing:
Hayden Panettierre, who plays Beth, is old enough now to do nude scenes.
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