Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I love you ... Hayden Panetierre?!?

Hayden Panetierre will take time out of her busy schedule appearing in every issue of "People" and "US Weekly" to star in "I Love You Beth Cooper," an adaptation of the debut novel by Larry Doyle. It's one of the funniest books I've ever read, probably because Doyle was once a scribe on "The Simpsons."

Plot synopsis: Uber-geek Denis uses the opportunity of a valedictorian speech to publicly declare his undying love for secret crush Beth Cooper, the most popular and beautiful girl in school. What plays out is something a bit like "Superbad" as Dennis and his loser best friend spend the night of high school graduation loping from one party to the next trying to win Beth's affection -- and trying to elude her rage-roid boyfriend.

Alas, I can't imagine the humor transferring to screen. It's all in Doyle's writing and turn of phrase. The newly released trailer suggests that Chris Columbus's movie opts for slapstick and physical comedy, all of which was in the book, but it's funnier when you tell, rather than show it. I'll give the film the benefit of the doubt for now, since Doyle wrote his own screenplay. And I do like the casting of Panetierre as the titular character and Paul Rust seems perfectly cast as the hapless hero.

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