As milestones go, graduation from high school is particularly popular in Hollywood. It's like the head cheerleader of Hollywood High, providing fodder for "the one day/night that they'll never forget" fantasy that no nerdy screenwriter can resist. Give me a B! Give me a U! Give me an E! Give me an L! Give me another L! Give me an E! Give me an R! What do you get? If you're lucky, a charming-if-preposterous ode to adolescence.
High school graduation is a hard topic to beat if you're looking for an event that involves a) people who are old enough to drive, b) a sense of entitlement to an extraordinary experience thatpromotes reckless decisions and in turn leads to comedically precarious situations,and c) unabashedly hormone-driven teens. Let the fun begin!
Or rather, in the case of I Love You, Beth Cooper, let the formula begin. Because while the high school graduation genre has produced some gems, this movie is a rather painful exercise in cliché and vulgarity. Being really funny could have gone a long way toward atoning for these sins, but the laughs are too few and far between to offer any mercy.
Beth Cooper gets off to a bad start with a graduation speech given by nerdy valedictorian Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) in which he urges his class to speak their own personal truth before heading to college. Cooverman practices what he preaches by using his platform to call it like he sees it, publicly dressing down bullies and proclaiming his secret love for the head cheerleader. While the scene doesn't pack as much punch as you might hope, you gotta respect the kid for giving a speech his classmates will actually remember in twenty years.
Head cheerleader Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere) is amused, amused enough to accept ...1
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I Love You, Beth Cooper
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