Critics Hate You, Beth Cooper

Nothing standout about this recycled comedy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2009 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – No one seems to love Beth Cooper: The teen comedy about a nerd in love with a popular girl is nothing new, critics say:

  • I Love You, Beth Cooper is not a remake—it just feels like one,” writes Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times. It’s “a flat, tired rehash of teen movie story tropes.”
  • The film may want to be Superbad, but it’s “just super bad,” notes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

  • “If fun is what you’re looking for, you might want to avoid I Love You, Beth Cooper,” writes AO Scott in the New York Times. It’s got “barely enough style and cinematic panache to eke out three minutes on YouTube.”
  • Roger Ebert calls the film “one of the very few movies where I wanted the hero to wake up and discover it was only a dream”—though Hayden Panettiere is “professional and lovable," he observes in the Chicago Sun-Times.