I Love You, Beth Cooper (film)

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I Love You, Beth Cooper
I love you beth cooper.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Columbus
Produced by Chris Columbus
Mark Radcliffe
Michael Barnathan
Screenplay by Larry Doyle
Based on I Love You, Beth Cooper 
by Larry Doyle
Starring Hayden Panettiere
Paul Rust
Jack T. Carpenter
Lauren London
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Phil Abraham
Edited by Peter Honess
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $15,821,907

I Love You, Beth Cooper is a 2009 comedy film directed by Chris Columbus. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Larry Doyle, with Doyle also writing the film's screenplay. The film stars Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust.

Plot[edit]

On graduation day at Buffalo Glenn High School in Tacoma, Washington, valedictorian Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) confesses his love for head cheerleader and long time crush, Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere) in his speech while also taunting a girl, Valli Wooley (Marie Avgeropoulos), with an eating disorder, an ignorant bully, Beth's Army soldier boyfriend Kevin (Shawn Roberts); and urging his best friend Rich Munsch (Jack T. Carpenter) to admit he is gay. Afterwards, Denis invites Beth and her friends, Cammy (Lauren London) and Treece (Lauren Storm), to a party he has planned at his house.

At Denis's house, his parents leave with his father (Alan Ruck) revealing that he has condoms upstairs. Beth, Cammy, and Treece arrive at Denis’s house for the party. Kevin comes with his Army buddies vowing revenge on Denis. They attempt to beat Denis up, but it results in Denis, Beth, Rich, Cammy, and Treece running away in Beth's car.

They drive to a gas station hoping to get beer, but are told by the convenience store clerk (Samm Levine) that they can not buy it as he would not accept the driver’s license Beth gave him which stated that she was 37 years old. So Beth bribes the clerk with a kiss. He accepts, which makes Denis realize that she is not who he thinks she is. They then start a bonfire in an isolated section of town where Rich, Cammy, and Treece are chased by a stampede of cows after trying to tip one over. Denis then puts on the song "Beth" by KISS and is told that she was named after that song.

They all get in Beth’s Yaris and drive without lights. They then stumble upon Denis's father and mother (Cynthia Stevenson) having car sex by crashing into them. Rather than facing Denis’s parents, Beth decides to drive them away unseen to a private party at Valli Wooley’s house, encountering Kevin once again. Kevin challenges Denis to a fight as Beth crashes his car into a wall of the house. They drive away in Kevin’s Hummer H2 to the vacant Buffalo Glenn High School and enter the school with Beth’s head cheerleader key. After showcasing their cheerleading routine, Beth, Treece, and Cammy decide to run to the girls' locker room to take a shower. Kevin and his buddies appear in the locker room as Denis is undressing to join his friend and the girls in the shower. Rich challenges Kevin and his friends in towel whipping as he has been training for years after being towel whipped at a young age. They escape to Treece's father's cabin in Beth's Yaris where Rich, Treece, and Cammy have a threesome as Beth and Denis have their first kiss together.

They head to Denis's house afterwards where his parents punish him for leaving the house a mess. Beth says goodbye to Denis, gives him a kiss, and thanks him for loving her. Denis promises that he will see her at their high school reunion and if they are both still single that he will marry her. After Beth leaves with Treece and Cammy, Rich proclaims to Denis that he might be homosexual or bisexual. Denis informs Rich that he was just playing about waiting until the reunion to talk to Beth again. He tells Rich that he is going to leave Beth a message on Facebook and ask her out. Rich disagrees with him and tells Denis that he should make a grand gesture by going to her house with a boom box and wait for her. They then begin debating on how Denis should go about asking Beth on a date.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In early 2008, producers announced the novel I Love You, Beth Cooper would be made into a film,[1] with actress Hayden Panettiere in the title role.[2] Filming began in 2008, with a release slated for July 10, 2009. The film was directed by Chris Columbus, with the screenplay written by Doyle.

Filming took place at Centennial Secondary School, Magee Secondary School and at St. Patrick's Regional Secondary; which are all located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The film's official website was launched on February 14, 2009 with a Valentine's Day themed "personalize your own trailer and e-card" widget that allowed for customization of the trailer and that could be sent to loved ones, friends and family.[3]

The film was produced and originally to be released by Fox specialty subsidiary Fox Atomic, but theatrical distribution reverted to 20th Century Fox after Atomic folded in April 2009.[4]

Release [edit]

Reviews[edit]

The film was subject to many negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave a rating of 14% based on 110 professional reviews.[5] The consensus states: "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." Ben Lyons from At the Movies called the film "The Worst Film of 2009 So Far", criticizing it for its stereotypical portrayal of high school students and glorification of drinking and driving.

Cinematical stated that much of the dialogue was lifted directly from the book, but when spoken on screen, the lines fall flat. "The adaptation from R-rated novel to PG-13 film comes into play." In a scene where Beth and Denis try to buy beer, Beth offers to kiss the store clerk so that she can buy the beer but the viewer does not see the kiss. Cinematical calls Panettiere's performance unconvincing as a "rule-breaking girl who walks on the wild side".[6]

Rolling Stone was highly critical of director Chris Columbus. The publication felt that Columbus flattened every joke and sucked the life out of the actors. In addition, the publication felt that Columbus' flair for sight gags reached its peak when Denis uses two tampons to stem a nosebleed.[7]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend (July 10–12), the film grossed $4,919,433 at 1,858 theaters, which was enough for seventh place, and it finished its worldwide theatrical run with $15,821,907.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

The first track is performed by Christopher Columbus' daughter.

[9]
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Forget Me"   Violet Columbus 2:50
2. "Try It Again"   The Hives 3:30
3. "Come Out of the Shade"   The Perishers 3:58
4. "Sway"   The Kooks 3:35
5. "Last Kiss"   Christophe Beck 2:44
6. "Catch Me If You Can"   Gym Class Heroes 5:08
7. "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast"   Airbourne 3:43
8. "A Good Idea at the Time"   OK Go 3:12
9. "Beth Cooper Suite"   Christophe Beck 4:41
10. "Beth"   Kiss 2:46
11. "Cruisin'"   Smokey Robinson 5:54
12. "Who Knew?"   Christophe Beck 1:07
13. "Feels Like the First Time"   Foreigner 3:51
14. "School's Out"   Alice Cooper 3:30
15. "Forget Me"   Eleni Mandell 3:13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I Love You Beth Cooper" IMDb listing
  2. ^ Tyler, Josh. Heroes Cheerleader Makes A Juno Knockoff. Cinemablend.com.
  3. ^ "20th Century Fox". Iloveyoubethcoopermovie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. ^ Vega, Muriel (2009-04-23). "Fox Atomic Folds, Beth Cooper and Jennifer's Body Go to Fox". Paste Magazine. Paste Media Group. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  5. ^ "I Love You Beth Cooper". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  6. ^ Martin, Peter (2009-07-10). "Review: I Love You, Beth Cooper – The Moviefone Blog". Cinematical.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone Movies | Movie Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ "I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "allmusic: I Love You, Beth Cooper: Overivew". Allmovie. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 

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