I Love You Beth Cooper

Theatrical Release: July 10, 2009
I Love You Beth Cooper


When a geeky high-school valedictorian (Paul Rust) throws caution to the wind by expressing his love for a popular cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere) during his graduation speech, life finally starts to get interesting in this coming-of-age comedy adapted from the book by journalist/author/screenwriter Larry Doyle.

Dove Review

I seldom become a bit angry while reviewing a film, but this movie shows a lot of irresponsible behavior and all I can say is shame on director Chris Columbus and writer Larry Doyle. A teen girl named Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere) drives recklessly throughout the film and at one point drives her fellow teen friends around with her lights turned off at night. She also keeps driving late at night while stopping at several parties. One poor confused character doesn’t know if he’s gay, straight or bi-sexual. After he sleeps with two girls at the same time and seems to enjoy it, he decides he really is gay. Go figure. This entire movie lacks structure and moral good sense and the only thing good I can say about it is the character of Dennis isn’t afraid to speak the truth as he sees it. But since the entire movie is basically about hitting the parties, drinking, a comment or two on drugs, talk of sex and more talk of sex, along with a few guys wanting to beat up other guys, we cannot come close to awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to it.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing; lots of innuendos; comments about a character being gay; character not sure if he is gay, straight or bi-sexual; "I'm gay" comment; "It's cool if you are" comment; talk of sexual abuse; a woman fantasizes about man going down her body; talk about condoms and a girl blows one up like a balloon; sex between two girls and young man; young man's parents have sex in parked car on side of road; masturbation comment.
Language: GD-4; G/OMG-7; F-1; "What the F"(Said as a letter)-2; B-5; A-6; S-13' H-2; SOB-1; Slang for male genitalia-2; Slang for female genitalia-2; P*nis-2; Slang for breast-1; Butt-1; "Sc*ew me" comment-1; Comment about woman's nipples; S*cks-1
Violence: Fist fights; guys break stuff in a kid's home; car hits a parked car; teens drive without lights on and after leaving a party; kid falls out window and survives; a character hit by a car lives; girl throws cell phone out of car while driving; reckless driving by girl; young man's tooth comes out; guys forcibly removed from a party; a coach is punched; a truck is driven through a house; character has nose bleed after being hit in nose.
Drugs: Cocaine comment; comment by student that his dad gives him an occasional beer; champagne served to underage high school graduates.
Nudity: Short shorts on girl; cleavage; side of woman's breast quickly seen; close-up on girl's panties; shirtless guys and guys and girls in swim wear.
Other: A religious program airs on radio and a character says, "Radio sucks"; a "retard" comment and girl says her brother was mentally handicapped.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Larry Doyle
Director: Chris Columbus
Producer: Mark Radcliffe
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 102 min.
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rust, Jack Carpenter, Lauren London, Lauren Storm
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter