Normally I would never end up seeing a movie like “I Love You Beth Cooper”, starring Hayden Panettiere (the blonde girl from Heroes who thinks that emoting means scrunching her nose and face into a tight pinch) and Paul Rust, a 28-year old who looks like he’s actually 38. They play high school students. Yes, you see the hilarious potential of this one, don’t you? Look at the pictures from the movie below and tell me you didn’t immediately think, “What’s that girl and her dad doing?”
I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER chronicles the story of a nerdy valedictorian who proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school – Beth Cooper – during his graduation speech. Much to his surprise, Beth shows up at his door that very night and decides to show him the best night of his life.
The film is written by Larry Doyle from his own novel, and is directed by Chris Columbus (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”). Panettiere plays Beth Cooper, and Rust is the “high school valedictorian”.
This is the kind of casting that you would expect from, say, a movie where Rust has written and everyone wants, so he forces them to cast him. But you don’t expect it from a movie where Rust is just an actor who got the job. Really? Chris Columbus took a look at Rust and thought, “Sure, he’s old enough to be my golfing buddy, but why not cast him as a teenager?” Wow. It boggles the mind how this came about.
But hey, this is the perfect movie to sit through with some buddies and make age inappropriate gags at the casting’s expense. Plus, maybe Panettiere will do the face scrunching thing when she tries to emote. That’s always good for a chuckle.
Beth Cooper wonders why this old guy is going to her high school July 10.