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I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 100

Heavily reliant on stereotypes and shallow teen comedy clichés, I Love You Beth Cooper is a humorless affair that fails to capture the charm of its source novel.

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 31

Heavily reliant on stereotypes and shallow teen comedy clichés, I Love You Beth Cooper is a humorless affair that fails to capture the charm of its source novel.

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When a geeky high-school valedictorian throws caution to the wind by expressing his love for a popular cheerleader during his graduation speech, life finally starts to get interesting in this coming-of-age comedy adapted from the book by journalist/author/screenwriter Larry Doyle. Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) may have brains to spare; it's guts that he lacks -- or at least, he did until today. Stepping up to the podium to deliver an inspirational speech to his graduating class, Denis decides that

PG-13,

Comedy

Larry Doyle

Nov 3, 2009

$141.2M

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There's the potential for 'Superbad'-style comedy when Denis and his pal go on the run with Beth and friends, but the pace is slow and lines fall flat thanks to long pauses and hammy delivery.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The story quickly -- and I mean quickly -- devolves into an unimaginative high school retread.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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This is dreadful. This is a pathetic excuse for a movie.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The script by Larry Doyle, based on his novel, has some smart flashes, and a few of the young performers resemble real people and not the usual prefab teen idols.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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This unfunny, unoriginal, charmless teen comedy is so stunningly awful from start to finish, it's amazing to think its director has made a single film before, much less a dozen.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A flat, tired rehash of teen movie story tropes, the film attempts to have it both ways by winkingly acknowledging its secondhand origins.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It so desperately wants to be an '80s high-school romp, yet comes across as a film made by people who have never even seen one.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

It's nothing but a painful, tedious, cruel, and mean spirited exercise in sadism that actually tries to transform child molestation in to a comedic bit...

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The movie could have been much improved by slicing a few frames from each shot, and reining in Rust's weirdness just a bit%u2014so as to not contribute to the lumbering, hallucinogenic feel of his initial characterization.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Sweet, funny, and smart in unexpected ways

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

A bimbo pride teen comedy whose cheerleader girl entourage of shallow sexpots gets enlightened too, about how 'useful' and even entertaining smart geeks with tons of brainy information to spare can be, even if totally lacking in hunk appeal.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Laughs are in equally short supply as interesting, much less likable, characters.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

So much emphasis is put on pratfalling that it leaves the sensitive moments completely stranded, unable to make themselves felt for fear they may get a punch in the mouth.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Mean-spirited and coarse with a shallow girl at its hollow heart, Beth Cooper is Superbad without the super.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This is pretty average stuff.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This adaptation of Larry Doyle's bestseller is too soul-starved and lethally bland to warm the cockles.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

An undistinguished work.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

We've seen it a million times before, and better. The situations are forced, the script is weak, the pace drags and, frankly, it just isn't funny enough.

August 24, 2009
Heat Magazine

A sexed-up, dumbed-down romp that can't decide whether to please undemanding adults, sniggering adolescents or naughty children who shouldn't be watching in the first place.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The mixture of obvious jokes and winsome sentiment pretty much robs the film of any guilty pleasure value it might have provided.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The real problem is that it doesn't have any heart. This is by-the-numbers film-making in which even those moments when the characters step off the merry-go-round to catch their breath feel manufactured.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Painfully unfunny, I Love You, Beth Cooper is more likely to elicit the opposite reaction.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The movie is cringe-worthy when trying to be humorous, and laughable when it attempts belatedly to make us care about these characters with the depth and humanity of wet cardboard. I hate you, pathetic high school movie.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A mirth-free endurance test, like holding your breath underwater.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Because other than HP looking cute in next to no clothing, this film is a total waste of time. The jokes range from crude, to daft, to offensive. And none of them are funny.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online | Comment (1)
Sun Online

Audience Reviews for I Love You Beth Cooper

Studios who care more about money and less about substance and artistic distinction certainly had their tentacles in when this movie was getting greenlighted. I feel like I've written this foul review a billion times: lacks chemistry between the leads, the jokes aren't funny in any context, the characters are cheesy, the premise is being recycled and the fact that this film exists at all isn't in any way necessary. If you have a bad script, it's circumventable with a stellar cast, but this film is headed by walking hot mess Paul Rust, who is somehow too nerdy and too awkward to pull this off. Panettiere just isn't what the role calls for, and it easily shows. Sure, she knows how to be cutesy as a cheerleader (much like her role on Heroes) but here the lead should be dangerous and shockingly rebellious. With her small stature and Disney ties no one is going to believe the petite blonde is anything but a conservative teenage stereotype. Besides the fact that the premise is built on Rust confessing a deep love for Beth Cooper, there is little originality, not even in the confession. The entire film is a deep exhale, not letting us take anything away from this snooze fest. Rewatch the Breakfast Club instead.
August 15, 2011
FrizzDrop

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I'll be completely honest right up front, my interest in this movie was totally based on the fact that it has the sexy pair of Hayden Panettiere and Lauren London in it. And really, you shouldn't go out of your way to see it unless you're doing so for similar reasons. Its not particularly funny, and does absolutely nothing new or notable.

It's your typical comedy about a loser high school guy in love with a hot girl, and it's mildly amusing, at best. There's the occasional (slightly) funny situation, but I Love You, Beth Cooper, falls squarely in the category of "generic teen comedy", with all the requisite lessons about idealized crushes, seizing the day, and growing up. It's relatively lite on the raunch, too, if that makes a difference for you one way or the other. I didn't regret watching it, but I'll be perfectly fine with never seeing it again.
April 30, 2011
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

The movie sucks.

Grade: C-
February 12, 2011
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