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I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  10 July 2009 (USA)
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A nerdy valedictorian proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school - Beth Cooper - during his graduation speech. Much to his surprise, Beth shows up at his door that very night and decides to show him the best night of his life.



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When Dennis Cooverman gives the commencement speech at his graduation, his friend tells him to let it all out. So he proclaims his love for Beth Cooper the head cheerleader, and says things about everyone in the graduating class as well as some other people. Later Beth confronts him and he invites her to a graduation party at his house. And to his surprise she and two of her friends show up. But also some of the people he offended with his speech, who want to tear him apart. And one of them is Beth's boyfriend whom she just broke up with. So they all get in Beth's car and drive away. And what follows is a wild adventure. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Popularity is nice. Popular girls are not. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, some teen drinking and drug references, and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aishi no Besu Kûpâ  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,919,433 (USA) (10 July 2009)


$14,793,904 (USA) (25 September 2009)

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Stars Hayden Panettiere and Lauren Storm were both on 'Malcolm in the Middle' as both Malcolm's (Frankie Muniz) love interests See more »


When Denis tries to open the beer bottle with his teeth, he spits out a tooth and Beth picks it up with her left hand. However, when she's holding it out for Denis to see, the camera changes and she's holding it with her right hand. The camera changes again, and the tooth is back in her left hand. When she hands the tooth back to Denis, it's in her right hand again. See more »


[first lines]
Rich Munsch: You will never see her again. Nunca!
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High school photos of the principal cast and crew are shown with their names in the end credits. See more »


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School's Out
Written by Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Alice Cooper and Neal Smith (as Neal A. Smith)
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
[Sung along to by Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rust, Jack Carpenter, Lauren London, and Lauren Storm as it plays on the CD player]
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I Love You, Beth Cooper Movie Review from The Massie Twins
9 July 2009 | by (www.GoneWithTheTwins.com) – See all my reviews

"Recycle" is generally a good word, one with positive and favorable connotations. But not in the world of movies. I Love You, Beth Cooper is one of those films that horrendously overuses the ideas (and not even the better ones) of previous entries in the teen comedy genre, resulting in an exercise in repetition and failed mimicry. Awkwardly personal advice from a father figure, aggressive small animals, nude scenes without any real nudity, and the all-too-familiar plot line of the bashful introvert chasing after the most popular girl in school are just a few of the rehashed concepts found throughout the picture. There are really only two reasons the film gets a score of two - and both belong to Hayden Panattierre.

During the graduation ceremony at Buffalo Glenn High School, bumbling, socially-challenged valedictorian Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) professes his love for popular head cheerleader Beth Cooper (Hayden Panattiere), as well as insulting his fellow classmates and embarrassing his best friend Rich (Jack Carpenter). While the ill-conceived words toward his peers subsequently cause trouble, his honest confession appears to strike a chord with the idolized teen beauty. Much to Denis' surprise, Beth shows up at his house and a wild night of raucous adventure ensues

  • one filled with incessant partying, reckless driving, and Beth's

maniacally jealous military boyfriend.

It's mildly amusing when the film starts with a rousing rendition of a song entitled "Forget Me" at a high school graduation. Following is a food-for-thought speech comprised of awkward prattling that struggles painfully for even the faintest hope of a smirk. But it doesn't get as much as a smile. As each second ticks away, the jokes get more stale, the slapstick more pathetic, and the plot more unbelievable. It's not that the story is hard to imagine - but it is difficult to understand why the cast and crew of I Love You, Beth Cooper ever thought this unimaginably pointless, hopelessly generic mess could pass as entertainment.

It's very tame, excruciatingly PG-13 and terribly immature - which means teens won't see it and neither will adults. Denis discusses with his father that the teenage coming-of-age subject is not a new idea; if only director Chris Columbus had taken that advice and stayed away from Larry Doyle's vastly unoriginal novel. The presentation is bland, the dialogue is weak and not a single memorable or creative concept is introduced during the entire film. It's as amateurish as the socially inept geeks lumpishly trying to court prom queens. Quite obviously an excuse to put Hayden Panettiere in a movie, the sheer lack of humor is the biggest disappointment, while the constant references to other films by Rich is an embarrassment to decent movies everywhere. Even the most pitiful have a worthwhile minute, but aside from being the first film in which Hayden bares a partial breast, I Love You Beth Cooper has not a single satisfying scene. When the film culminates in an all-guy wet towel fight, Beth Cooper herself sums it up best: "Who said it's supposed to be fun?" - The Massie Twins

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