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I Love You, Beth Cooper

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Columbus
Produced by Chris Columbus
Mark Radcliffe
Michael Barnathan
Written by Larry Doyle
Starring Paul Rust
Jack T. Carpenter
Hayden Panettiere
Lauren London
Lauren Storm
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Phil Abraham
Editing by Peter Honess
Studio 1492 Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 10, 2009 (US)
August 21, 2009 (UK)
Running time 102 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Gross revenue $15,715,194

I Love You, Beth Cooper is a 2009 Canadian/American comedy film directed by Chris Columbus. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Larry Doyle, a former writer of The Simpsons. The film stars Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust with Jack T. Carpenter.



When Dennis Cooverman gives the commencement speech at his graduation, his friend tells him to let it all out. So he proclaims his love for Beth Cooper the head cheerleader, and reveals things about everyone in the graduating class as well as some other people. Later Beth confronts him and he invites her to a graduation party at his house. And to his surprise she and two of her friends show up. But also some of the people he offended with his speech. And one of them is Beth's boyfriend who she just broke up with. So they all get in Beth's car and drive away. And what follows is wild adventure



In early 2008, producers announced the novel I Love You, Beth Cooper was to be made into a film[1], with Heroes 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 back to 20th Century Fox after Atomic folded in April 2009.[4]



The film was subject to many negative and harsh reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave a rating of 13% based on 104 reviews.[5] 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 Pannettiere’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's flair for sight gags reached its peak when Dennis uses two tampons to stem a nosebleed.[7]

Box office

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 theatrical run with $14,793,904[8] while latest numbers have it at $16,509,336 worldwide. Its Tomatometer score currently sits at 15% positive with 16 positive reviews out of 110Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.[5]


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