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Teen comedies are like a crapshoot, when they work they can be charming and funny, or even titillating and funny. When they don’t work, they induce far more groans than actual laughter. Let’s just say I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER ($40) is a swing and a miss… and leave it at that. Based upon the novel by former THE SIMPSONS writer, Larry Doyle, I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER certainly had potential, or at least it started out that way. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER begins with nerdy high school valedictorian, Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust), using his speech to the graduating class as a sounding board to say things about classmates that he has thought for years… but never had the courage to speak aloud. One of these big revelations is that he has been in love with cheerleader Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere). While Beth states that she found the admission sweet, her clichéd, older, psycho-military-type boyfriend would like nothing more than to pound Denis into a bloody pulp. The rest of the film follows the slapstick comic misadventures of Denis and Beth, not to mention assorted friends as they elude Beth’s boyfriend and his muscle-headed crew. The cast of I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER also features Jack Carpenter, Lauren London, Lauren Storm, Shawn Roberts, Jared Keeso, Brendan Penny, Marie Avgeropoulos, Josh Emerson, Alan Ruck and Cynthia Stevenson.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER features a highly pleasing 1080p presentation, which many may find more pleasing than the film itself. The picture is sharp and rather nicely defined. Additionally, there are good levels of dimensionality, texturing and fine details. Colors are rendered with warm, nicely saturated hues and attractive flesh tones. Blacks are accurate, while the whites are stable. Contrast is strong and shadow detail is all it needs to be for this type of undemanding material. The elements from which I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER has been mastered appear virtually flawless. Film grain is fairly minimal, but the picture is never unduly digital in appearance.

I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. With the outlying channels engaging in a surprisingly active fashion during a few brief sequences I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER features a better than expected comedy mix. Of course, during the quieter passages, I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER reverts to the standard sound design of a dialogue driven comedy, with much of the sound being localized to the forward soundstage. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is really quite strong, where the music is concerned. Additionally, sound effects are also enhanced during key moments. The bass channel thumps along nicely. Dialogue reproduction is natural and fully intelligible. French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Portuguese.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Featurettes and other programs include: I Love You, Larry Doyle (six minutes), We Are All Different, But That's A Good Thing (nine minutes), Peanut Butter Toast (three minutes), Fox Movie Channel: In Character With Paul Rust (three minutes) and Fox Movie Channel: In Character With Hayden Panetierre (three minutes). An Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes and Bonus Trailers close out the extras.

I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER isn’t the greatest teen comedy to come down the pike, but I am sure it has its admirers. This reviewer found the Blu-ray presentation more pleasing than the film itself.



I Love You, Beth Cooper [Blu-ray] (2009)


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