I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Fox || PG13 - 102 minutes - $27.98 || November 3, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-11-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer(s): Larry Doyle (novel); Larry Doyle (screenplay)
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rust


Theatrical Release Date: July 10, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís normally a mistake when a lead character veers off from her hit television show (well, not so much recently *cough*) to try her hand out in the film world. Even though she had success with that whole ďcheerleadingĒ series years back, Hayden Panettiere isnít exactly a named face quite yet. Pairing her up with newcomer Paul Rust and an ensemble cast of nobodies, and I Love You, Beth Cooper, was destined to fail from the start. It performed meagerly at the box-office, but in all honesty it actually is a decent comedy that has some laughter in it.

As Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere) is sitting during her graduation ceremony, the valedictorian of the class Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) decides to deliver an embarrassing speech. Not only does he profess his love for Beth, he also decides to humiliate several other students by calling them out for being superficial or just not being loved as a child. Itís a hysterical scene that I could have only hoped happened at my graduation had I gone. Anyways, back to the story, Denis decides to have a party and invites the absolutely gorgeous Beth to visit along with his best friend whom he just discussed his sexuality during the speech about Rich (Jack Carpenter).

Beth and her friends come over to Paulís house, which he has to himself for the night, only to find out that the party is fairly lame and nothing is really going on. They decide to drink some champagne, but after opening the bottle and the cork hitting Denisís eye the night turns a bit sour. Bethís boyfriend Kevin (Shawn Roberts) shows up and decides to put a hurting on Denis for trying to sleep with his girlfriend, and the group manages to escape. The night continues for the wildest time of their lives, involving more alcohol, kissing, and maybe just maybe Denis and Beth discovering their love for each other after only a single day.

As someone who is taking a film studies class, this movie lacks too much to be considered a great comedy. The story and climax of the film happens way too fast for anyone to really like, which was a huge disappointment to me. We donít get any real back story except in bits and pieces at the start, so itís hard to develop any sort of feel for the characters. Denis isnít funny throughout this flick at all, but at least his partner Rich is mildly entertaining. The characters all have flaws in them or are too predictable to even begin to care about as well. There are also issues with character development that had me going ďhuh?Ē throughout the flick. Yes, we get it, Rich doesnít like girls. We donít need it reiterated to us multiple times or hinted about.

I also found the central focus of Denis instead of Beth to be somewhat misleading as well. Denis is just not a character that most people will be interested in, and the story is supposed to be about Denis and Beth, not just him. I much would have rather had the story focused more on Beth, mainly because itís Hayden and not Paul. The story itself also takes way too long to actually progress, which had me nearly snoozing throughout. Films need to move forward to develop or get to something later on in the movie, and this one just took way too long and I fear that most people will lose interest shortly thereafter.

What we have here is not only a miscasting in Denisís role, but also a relatively low-key cast that doesnít contribute to much if anything throughout the movie. We get a few laughs here, there, and in other spots, but nothing to really write home about. I may be criticizing this a bit too hard though, as I actually (surprisingly) found this to be enjoyable and worth watching one time. Anything more than that though is probably stretching it too far though.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Alternate Ending (7 minutes): The ending is somewhat different, although I enjoyed the actual ending found from watching the movie. I wonít spoil it for you, but if you get free time it is worth watching, unlike the rest of these dreary features.

Deleted Scenes (8 minutes): Four deleted scenes that didnít make it into the film that arenít funny or worth watching. They add no real value to the flick overall, and on top of that, they arenít even hilarious! Whatís the point?

I Love You, Larry Doyle (6 minutes): The writer and novelist is awarded his own extra to talk about the box-office blunder that was this flick. Doyle is monotone and doesnít provide much if anything that can be deemed as interesting or funny (similar to the rest of these extras), so you should probably pass.

We Are All Different, But Thatís a Good Thing (9 minutes): This is one of those ďfeel goodĒ extras that talks about how the movie has a positive message. The cast talk about their roles in the film respectively, but other than that thereís not much here.

Peanut Butter Toast (3 minutes): Has anyone told Rust heís not funny? If no one has, I am. This is worthless and thereís no entertainment value what so ever here, so please keep reading and skip this extra.

Fox Movie Channel Presents in Character with Hayden Panettiere (3 minutes): the female lead talks about her character in the film and how people can relate to her. I say just watch this for how hot Hayden is, and Iíll leave it at that.

Fox Movie Channel Presents in Character with Paul Rust (3 minutes): The male lead discusses his role in the film and a little bit about his background. The quality here is terrible so Iíd recommend passing on this.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are bright and vivid, but in my opinion they do lack clarity. Thereís nothing really outstanding transfer and then again thereís nothing that screams this is horrible either. The colors are bright and colorful enough to give viewers a decent color palette that doesnít have any issues with them being overblown. There is however a distinct amount of grain and noise that is apparent in a few of the scenes, mainly the films few night time scenes, that do create some problems. As much as I seem to be trashing this transfer, itís not all that bad. It is a passable transfer but here in 2009 we should be experiencing just slightly better quality DVDís.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track accompanying the flick is incredibly light on the dialogue and the surround use is minimal at best. That being said, itís not a terrible track. Despite the problems with the dialogue being too light after the audio levels were adjusted appropriately the film was just soft. There isnít any real action scenes in it, so surround usage and volume levels were kept pretty minimal. I donít recall my subwoofer going off more than a few times at most, so those looking for a comedy with some decent surround usage should probably look elsewhere. Regardless though, this is still a passable track.



.::OVERALL::.

Despite the fact that it flopped over the summer, I Love You, Beth Cooper, isnít really a bad flick. Panettiere is incredibly gorgeous throughout the film and isnít by any means a chore to look at for the duration of the movie. Rust on the other hand doesnít work as the nerdy guy whoís in love with her though, and heís not entertaining in the slightest. The casting is a bit of a misfire and it does drag on for a bit too long. The video and audio are merely average and the extras package is basically worthless. This is probably best served as a rental.