Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
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Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 11
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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
Aug 14, 1987 Wide
Aug 13, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures
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Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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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.
It doesn't have a thought in its head and probably no notion of the corruption at its core.
As written by Michael Swerdlick and guided by Rash, the theme dissolves into a bland parody of pubescent pain.
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
One of my favourite guilty pleasures of the 80s!
Standard '80s teen angst fodder.
Cute premise, cute leads, and Amanda Peterson? CUTE!
Okay teen comedy. Nothing special.
Shouldn't work, but it does. For the most part, anyway.
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