I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere stars as Beth Cooper, a high-school cheerleader who's plagued with romantic advances from the valedictorian of her class in the teen comedy I Love You Beth Cooper. Chris Columbus produces and directs the Fox Atomic production.

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language, some teen drinking and drug references, and brief violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Doyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 3, 2009
Box Office: $141.2M
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Critic Reviews for I Love You Beth Cooper

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011

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...

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

Sweet, funny, and smart in unexpected ways

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for I Love You Beth Cooper

I Love You Beth Cooper is a terrible, unfunny, cliche, creepy, and boring comedy and is so bad that I could barely watch.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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