Beth Cooper Taught Me Things

Teen flicks, with respect to Juno, are often mediocre if not bad. Maybe because these flicks tend to be too unrealistic and exaggerated, and thus instead of appealing to people, it appalls them. Few films of this kind tend to be at least minimally relatable. Surprisingly, I Love You, Beth Cooper, starring Hayden Panettiere, is one.

I Love You, Beth Cooper tells the story of Denis Hooverman, a nerdy valedictorian who confesses his love to his long-time crush, Beth Cooper, in his high school graduation speech. Denis then invites Beth to a graduation soiree at his house, and from that begins the craziest, wildest and unarguably the most memorable night of his life.

Paul Rust and Hayden Panettiere, despite some panning from film critics, fit their roles perfectly. Rust exudes the right aura for Denis’ role. His gestures, his line deliveries, his clothing and – I mean no offense in saying this – his face is simply so nerdy it actually seems like his normal personality in real life. Panettiere, on the other hand, demonstrates the typical cheerleader persona perfectly, but never fails to partially alter it to show her soft side. The two exemplifies what could have been just another teen flick.

The plotline is not really original or believable, and thus does not amaze. It is also unrealistic in a way that the events featured in the film may happen to someone, but does not really happen so coincidentally, at least not in one night. The characters are also as tad idealistic as most of the events, although some of these characters are actually acted well.

Yet, this degree of unrealism contained in the movie helps to deliver the right messages to the audience, but especially to their target demographic, teens. Though some mature adults would find it unnecessary for Beth Cooper to use the scene types and chronology it used, teens would capture the movie’s stance about certain teenage issues like identity crisis and self-control while having fun. Teens can easily share the emotions featured in the movie through several of Beth Cooper’s cinematic characteristics that critics dissed.

"Why did I forget to get a pushcart?"

The moral lessons are not only limited to teens. Beth Cooper unfolds the wild teenage life collectively, though a little inaccurately, into the eyes of adults, specifically parents who seem to not comprehend their children’s line of thinking. This movie advises, if not preaches, them to be more tolerant and open-minded towards teenagers’ actuations, as how Denis father is portrayed, since teenage life is a very unpredictable road. Parents can never stop their children, so the best way to ensure their wellness is by advising them while letting them grow on their own.

Beth Cooper is not necessarily a great teen movie. The movie contains some clichés, considerable exaggeration and even a tad unrealistic. Writing is not that great, as well as editing and music. Yet, some of its technicalities are good, and so Beth Cooper would not belong to that zone where teen flicks often do.

I would not recommend I Love You, Beth Cooper’s DVD to people, but I would absolutely urge them to see the movie for free if possible, as one would be surprised how much they can actually learn from it.

Well how about you? Did you actually learn something from the movie? Leave me a comment.

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