Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)



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

Movie Info

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 girlfriend for two weeks, all in the hopes of elevating his social standing. Little does he know, being popular isn't all its cracked up to be. Kal Penn and Steve Harvey co-star.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content/humor)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Troy Beyer, Michael Swerdlick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Box Office: $21.7M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


Nick Cannon
as Alvin Johnson
Christina Milian
as Paris Morgan
Steve Harvey
as Clarence Johnson
Kal Penn
as Kenneth
Nichole Robinson
as Yvonne Freeman
Melissa Schuman
as Zoe Parks
Gay Thomas Wilson
as Judy Morgan
Elimu Nelson
as Dru Hilton
Stuart Scott
as Himself
Ashley Monique Clark
as Aretha Johnson
Nicole Scherzinger
as Champagne Girl
Maria Carmen
as Chemistry Teacher
Damon Butler
as Martial Arts Mambo I...
Shani Pride
as Jasmine
as Drill Team Member
Kelly Becerra
as Drill Team Member
Lindsey Blaufarb
as Drill Team Member
Crystal Colar
as Drill Team Member
Rocio Mendoza
as Drill Team Member
Ben Stephens
as Jock No. 1
Dante Basco
as Spoken-Word Artist
Charles Owen Hobaugh
as Jazz Musician
Ralph Scherer
as Poetry Reader
Shvona Lavette Willi...
as Guitar Playing Vocal...
George Cedar
as Old Man
Jackie Benoit
as Old Lady
Jordan Burg
as Little Boy
Charles Owen
as Jazz Musician
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Critic Reviews for Love Don't Cost a Thing

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (31)

Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original.

Full Review… | December 23, 2003
Top Critic

Short on charm, purpose or laughs.

Full Review… | December 18, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 16, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

... dopey sit com stuff ...

Full Review… | December 15, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Missed opportunity full of dubious messages.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2009

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.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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.

Miriam Kline

Super Reviewer

Too bad this movie did.

Haley Anderson

Super Reviewer

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