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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Borrowing a chapter from the John Hughes school of teen comedy, this likeable caper was a box office success. Patrick Dempsey stars as Ronald Miller, a high school nerd about to enter his senior year, who longs for acceptance as one of the "cool kids." His next-door neighbor Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson) is a cheerleader and one of the most popular girls in school, but she doesn't even know that Ronald exists. When she ruins an expensive outfit of her mother's, Ronald offers the $1,000 needed

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Comedy, Romance

Michael Swerdlick

Aug 13, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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A slight but not unenjoyable movie.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film thinks it wants to be sincere, when all it truly wants is to be popular, just like the other kids' movies, so it sells off its originality.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It doesn't have a thought in its head and probably no notion of the corruption at its core.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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As written by Michael Swerdlick and guided by Rash, the theme dissolves into a bland parody of pubescent pain.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Teen comedy is dated but occasionally funny.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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The story of a nerd who pays a perky cheerleader to date him so he will become popular is almost pornographic in its uninhibited, primitive display of the confusion and insecurity that roils like a tempest in the developing mind of the American teenager

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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One of my favourite guilty pleasures of the 80s!

September 5, 2008
Moviehole

At times this is a funny, touching film, but more often it isn't.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Standard '80s teen angst fodder.

October 1, 2004
7M Pictures

Cute premise, cute leads, and Amanda Peterson? CUTE!

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Okay teen comedy. Nothing special.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Shouldn't work, but it does. For the most part, anyway.

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Can't Buy Me Love

This movie has always been a favourite of mine. I realise it's not technically a *great* movie, but it is so 80's and has a great message about being true to yourself. It also shows the triviality of being popular in high school.
Amanda Peterson and Patrick Dempsey are perfectly cast. Amanda still looks beautiful in her 80's get up, even by today's standards.
There's also a very young Seth Green as the annoying little brother.
I remember this was one of the very first movies I ever rented, on VHS, back in the day. We weren't well off growing up, so I was 14 before we ever got a VHS recorder. Renting a movie was such a treat and I remember being so excited to see this. (Okay, sad childhood. Lol). I guess that also adds to my affection for this movie, but I think it really is a decent teen movie. Anyone who likes a good teen or 80's movie should enjoy it.
August 10, 2013
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Silly, but that bring an old nostalgic feeling.
November 25, 2012
Lucas Martins

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I really liked this silly teen comedy, it's funny and cool. If you like 80s teen movies you should really check it out.
February 4, 2011
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