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  • Summary: Buffalo Grove High School valedictorian Denis Cooverman has had quite an academic career...on paper, at least. Superlative student, conscientious young gentleman and patently obvious dork, Denis has played it safe and made it all the way to graduation day without ever having really experienced some of the joys of higher learning: breaking curfew, destruction of property, over-consumption of alcohol, fist fights, late nights, fast cars or faster women (actually, women of any sort). But all of that is about to change, and all by uttering five little words: I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER. (20th Century Fox) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30
  1. The story is timeless; this could have taken place when Doyle graduated in '76 -- or any year, really, since the effects of high school linger throughout adult life and nerds are forever.
  2. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    For a teen film to resonate, it has to feel honest, and I Love You, Beth Cooper simply comes off as too paint-by-numbers to achieve any level of emotional authenticity.
  3. 50
    Of the two co-stars, what I can say is that I’m looking forward to their next films.
  4. The film quickly turns unintentionally, and unrelentingly, awkward.
  5. 30
    Ends up as little more than a recursive footnote to the infinitely better up-all-night teen comedies of, you guessed it, John Hughes.
  6. Reviewed by: Ruth McCann
    Perhaps the best thing that can be said about I Love You, Beth Cooper is that the title is correctly punctuated. Beyond that, the movie is a disappointingly flabby teen flick.
  7. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    Sloppy, not funny, downright stupid, ridiculous as well as horribly themed and shot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. BrianM.
    Jul 10, 2009
    Awesome! hysterical! Hayden is so hot!!
  2. TomL
    Jul 19, 2009
    I didn't see this. And won't see it, because it looks like it sucks. But I voted a ten anyway, just for all of the illegal things I would do to Hayden Panettiere. I mean, hackneyed, unoriginal, crappy, worthless. Whatever you want to call this movie, I think it should still get credit for being one of those brave films to show teens acting in soft-soft core porn. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2012
    i think it is a very funny movie and very creative because it has a lot of things that other movies doesn't have, and the actors make their job very good, CONGRATS! Expand
  4. Oct 23, 2010
    The picture is heavy-handed, and can be tempted by high-school movie formula, but it does raise some serious questions about the nature of people. Thumbs up. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Jul 11, 2009
    "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is sort of like "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", but without any of Michael Cera or Kat Dennings' hipster cool. Songs by Against Me and The Hives come off sounding inorganic in the film's respective car scenes, because no matter how fast Beth Cooper(Hayden Panettiere) drives, neither the cheerleader nor the "Star Wars"-obsessed nerd seem cool enough for either band. Working within the parameters of its PG-13 rating, the film relies a lot on Beth's reckless proclivity for speed, much like the Prince song "Little Red Corvette"("baby you're much too fast"), as a metaphor for her latent sexuality. "I guess I shoulda known by the way u parked your car sideways that it wouldn't last," observed the pre-emancipated, pre-unpronouncable icon, pre-purple dynamo circa 1982, who knew exactly how Denis Cooverman(Paul Rust) felt in the ensuing moments after Beth parks her Yaris(not sideways, alas, in a lot) outside a convenience store. When the sales clerk refuses to sell her alcohol, she propositions him: a kiss for the beer, which sounds conspicuously tame coming from a girl who has "hello" embroidered on her panties. Back in the car, Denis' horrified reaction to this Production Code era bit of hanky panky between two horny teenagers seems overblown. To avoid an R rating, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" unintentionally reverts to the social mores of the fifties, contrary to its contemporary trappings. Beth is fast, but not fast enough. To Denis' horror, Beth made the first move; she kissed the clerk, for a lousy six-pack of beer. Just imagine his reaction if the film wasn't so coy, and his dream girl did something more provocative than "suck face for two seconds". It's interesting how the erotic limitations of a PG-13 rating allows Denis to remake the sexually active Beth into a virgin. Expand
  6. RamB.
    Oct 18, 2009
    Besides being too obvious, some dialogues are weak even for teen movie standards. Plus, the plot really doesn't decide: is it an action movie, a renewed love story or just a silly comedy? Sadly, Chris Columbus's latest effort should have been a straight to TV movie. Expand
  7. IzzyC
    Jul 30, 2009
    One of the worst movies i have ever seen, the lead (Paul Rust) was unbearable to watch and the funniest part of the movie was the credits were they showed the pictures of everyone who worked on the movie in there high school pictures. Expand

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