Can't Buy Me Love (1987)




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Movie Info

Ronald Miller is tired of being a nerd and makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the "cool" clique. He offers her $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. It succeeds, but he soon learns that the price of popularity may be higher than he expected.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Swerdlick, Wayne Rice
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures


as Ronald Miller

as Cindy Mancini

as Kenneth Wurman

as Chuckie Miller

as Barbara

as Mrs. Mancini

as David Miller

as Judy Miller

as Big John

as Meredith/Freshman

as Fran

as Lester

as Moda Clerk

as Bobby Hilton

as Mrs. Hagmer

as Mr. Wurman

as Jr. Wurman

as Duane

as Camera Salesman

as Stocky Jones

as African Host

as Transfer Girl

as Bambi La Brock

as Ricky
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Critic Reviews for Can't Buy Me Love

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

A slight but not unenjoyable movie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It doesn't have a thought in its head and probably no notion of the corruption at its core.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As written by Michael Swerdlick and guided by Rash, the theme dissolves into a bland parody of pubescent pain.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

Teen comedy is dated but occasionally funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Silly, but that bring an old nostalgic feeling.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

African Anteater Ritual...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a classic 80s comedy, and Patrick Dempsey was so cute in this and Amanda Peterson was adorable as well !!! :) Just great! An 80s classic! :) Love it! (:

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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