Friday, July 10, 2009

Beth Cooper doesn't earn much love

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Rich (Jack T. Carpenter, left) and Beth (Hayden Panettiere) find a stash of condoms in a department store.

The closing credits of the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper show director Chris Columbus and the rest of the crew in their old high school photos. The snapshots provide evidence that the filmmakers must have actually attended high schools, which you might not guess from the movie. I Love You, Beth Cooper presents such shrill yet rigid teen clichés it could have been generated by computer software programmed with sitcoms and John Hughes films.

The premise, based on “The Simpsons” writer Larry Doyle’s novel of the same name, seems promising enough. During his graduation speech, geeky valedictorian Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust, who’s in his late 20s and looks it) professes his true feelings to head cheerleader Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes”). Thanks to alphabetical classroom seating, Denis has “loved her from behind” for years, but has been too low in the teen pecking order to attract her attention. His declaration ensures that Beth knows who he is.

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