Director Chris Columbus (Home Alone, two Harry Potter films, Mrs. Doubtfire) has a way with the young folk. I Love You, Beth Cooper is a light, frothy high school romp that showcases teen angst and manages to deliver some real belly laughs. Hayden Panettiere, star of Heroes, has the time of her life as the title character, riffing on the stereotype of Popular Girl with Hidden Bad Streak. As her lovelorn would-be suitor, Denis, Paul Rust is both nerdy but pretty fearless in his acting and in his pratfalls. Denis decides to announce his long-held love for Beth from the podium as he delivers the high school valedictory speech. Beth, initially horrified, decides she can have some fun with Denis as a worshipful accessory. Along the way, each learns a little about who the other person really is–and yes, there are some “growth” moments. But the fun is in the vixen Beth and the dorky Denis interacting. Denis holds a pile of junk food in a convenience store as they shop, and Beth says, “Yum!” Denis rolls his eyes, saying, “My mom says ‘yum.'” Beth, dripping with put-on seduction, replies, “Yuuuummmm.” Denis: “Not like that.” As a frothy teen comedy, I Love You, Beth Cooper goes to the head of the class. —A.T. Hurley
I Love You Beth Cooper did not disappoint. I sat there on the couch laughing my butt off during quite a few scenes. It’s pretty funny when I’m watching something by myself and start laughing, because then everyone has to see what I’m laughing about!
This was the classic tale of geeky boy wants hot and popular girl. You see those stories all the time. But somehow, I Love You Beth Cooper was different, not completely like that. That is especially true in scenes with Beth’s jerk of a boyfriend. Poor Denis just doesn’t even know what hit him half of the time, and I think that makes it that much funnier! I give it two thumbs up, a definite must see!
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