Director/producer Chris Columbus was drawn to I Love You, Beth Cooper, not only because he could relate to the story, but because he was excited about working with and nurturing a group of fresh young actors.
In the film, Buffalo Grove High School valedictorian Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) has played it safe and made it all the way to graduation without ever breaking curfew, destroying property, consuming too much alcohol, fist fights, fast cars or women of any sort. But, with the encouragement of his colorful best friend Rich (Jack T. Carpenter), Denis had decided to tell the truth and declare his love for Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere), one of the most popular girls in school. When Beth and her two best friends (Lauren London and Lauren Storm) show up to Denis and Rich's graduation night party, Beth's military hopeful boyfriend, Kevin (Shawn Roberts), also shows up, ready to kick some ass.
Best known for directing the first two Harry Potter films (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and for writing such classics as Gremlins and Goonies, Chris Columbus is currently filming the fantasy-adventure Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief, based on the best-selling novel about a New York kid who learns that he is the half-blood offspring of one of the Greek gods.