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Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 63

A stale, unnecessary remake of Can't Buy Me Love.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 22

A stale, unnecessary remake of Can't Buy Me Love.



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The sophomore outing for writer/director/actress Troy Beyer, Love Don't Cost a Thing is a romantic teen comedy based on the screenplay for the 1987 Partick Dempsey film Can't Buy Me Love. Nick Cannon stars as Alvin, a brilliant but awkward teenager -- and budding engineer -- who seizes a golden opportunity when popular cheerleader Paris (Christina Milian) wrecks her parents' SUV and is strapped for cash. They strike an agreement: Alvin will do the repairs for free if Paris pretend to be his


Comedy, Romance

Troy Beyer, Michael Swerdlick

Apr 27, 2004


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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (63) | DVD (12)

Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original.

December 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Short on charm, purpose or laughs.

December 18, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Since Cannon and Milian have to squash any frisson to avoid sinking into pure escort-service sleaze, there's not much rom in the rom-com.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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... dopey sit com stuff ...

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It has better values than the original, a little more poignancy, some sweetness.

December 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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This variation certainly makes its points effectively, in what must be a more superheated milieu.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Missed opportunity full of dubious messages.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Love Don't Cost A Thing" is loosely based on the 1987 teen comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," and fails to improve on that tepid movie by using a milieu of black high school students.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

High school films don't have to be dull or juvenile; this one suffers tremendously from the former.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

...the movie borders on cruelty to its audience.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It isn't entertaining enough to get away with its minimal contributions to familiar material.

January 13, 2004 Full Review

If you tried to be in the "in" crowd -- then this is going to be even more painful. In fact, even if you're in the "in" crowd, you'll find this painful.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source:

[I]t's hard to see any crying need to remake a film that was tacky the last time around, or to make this the black teen - excuse me, "urban" - film of the season.

December 31, 2003 Full Review

If you remake a mediocre movie, you get another mediocre movie.

December 25, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Rent the original instead.

December 21, 2003 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Another uninspired remake of a movie that was never crying out for revisitation in the first place.

December 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Here's another needless remake that's a shadow of the original.

December 21, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

This hip-hop flavored remake of 1987's Can't Buy Me Love is woefully botched on every level.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The African-American film community deserves better than a mediocre comedy pulled from the cinematic icebox.

December 19, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Love may not cost a thing, but this movie'll cost you the price of a ticket -- and more of your time than it's worth.

December 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I found it cute. There are some rough spots, of course, but the movie has a lot of heart.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Ah, true equality: not being held to a higher standard and, accordingly, producing the same kind of gender-blind garbage about which it appears useless to complain.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for Love Don't Cost a Thing

This story is about "wanna-be" of a boy and the same old ending that fakers never win or fit in to whatever they wish for. This was okay.
January 28, 2010
Dead Angel

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This was actually a good movie of its genre...Come on, its a teen movie and what actually do you expect? Pretty good stuff. Have a look at more of Nick Cannons films,(Drum line/Bobbie) hes pretty good.
December 11, 2007
Miriam Kline

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Too bad this movie did.
March 18, 2006

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