Reviewed Apr 27, 2012
Every once in a while you can be surprised by a film. I put I love you Beth Cooper on our LoveFilm rental list because the trailer had seemed quite amusing. I’m so glad I did.
On the outside, this is a reasonably standard coming-of-age American highschool flick. The main cast, a couple of newly graduated boys and a similar bunch of cheerleaders come together in amusing circumstances and learn lots about themselves, life and living. But on the inside, it’s an always funny and often heart-warming story which is more than worth the time invested in watching it.
Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) is convinced by his best friend Rich (Jack Carpenter) to be honest during his speech at the graduation. He extols the virtues of honesty during his speech and how people should take this moment to say the things they feel so that they don’t regret not saying them later. Taking his own advice, he (among other things) declares his love for Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere), the head cheerleader and upsets her brawny, meat-head boyfriend in the process.
What follows is a collection of fast pace set pieces full of humour, some truly cringe-worthy embarrassments and some entertaining and engaging dialogue. There are almost no surprises, although you might not guess the exact outcome (which I actually thought worked really well), but there are some true laugh out loud moments and plenty of reasons to want to keep watching.
The wet towel fight is well worth seeing.
Not as gross-out as the likes of American Pie or Road Trip, and certainly funnier than some of the more recent American Pie movies, I love you Beth Cooper is something I think I could watch again and again and enjoy every time. It reminds me of Weird Science, and deserves to be just as much a cult classic.