Buffalo Grove High School valedictorian
Denis Cooverman (PAUL RUST) has had quite an academic
career...on paper, at least. Superlative student,
conscientious young gentleman and patently obvious dork,
Denis has played it safe and made it all the way to
graduation day without ever having really experienced some
of the joys of higher learning: breaking curfew, destruction
of property, over-consumption of alcohol, fist fights, late
nights, fast cars or faster women (actually, women of any
But all of that is about to change, and all by uttering five
little words: "I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER."
Seems that Denis has been harboring a secret for six years,
a chronic case of l'amour fou for Beth (HAYDEN PANETTIERE),
one of the most popular girls in school, who sat in the desk
just in front of him in multiple classes (God bless
alphabetical order!). And thanks to his colorful best
friend, Rich (JACK T. CARPENTER), Denis has been goaded into
telling the truth and declaring his love during his
valedictory address - while also putting names to several
other white elephants stampeding through the senior class.
His resulting embarrassment is short-lived, however, when
The Trinity - Beth and her two best friends, super-bitchy
Cammy (LAUREN LONDON) and super-easy Treece (LAUREN STORM) -
shows up to his and Rich's ad hoc graduation night party.
Unfortunately for Denis, Beth's thick-necked, military
hopeful boyfriend, Kevin (SHAWN ROBERTS), also shows up,
with two equally menacing, double-digit IQ friends in tow.
When the inevitable can of "you insulted my woman!"
whoop-ass is opened, Beth comes to the rescue, and whisks
Denis, Rich, Cammy and Treece away in her beat-up Cabriolet.
As the chase continues from sunset to sun up, Denis realizes
that his little speech has given rise to one of the wildest,
most eventful, most hilarious and most revealing nights of
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