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 … 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


as Alvin Johnson

as Paris Morgan

as Clarence Johnson

as Kenneth

as Yvonne Freeman

as Zoe Parks

as Judy Morgan

as Anthony

as Dru Hilton

as Himself

as Vivian Johnson

as Aretha Johnson

as Champagne Girl

as Chemistry Teacher

as Martial Arts Mambo I...

as Jasmine

as Drill Team Member

as Drill Team Member

as Drill Team Member

as Drill Team Member

as Drill Team Member

as Jock No. 1

as Spoken-Word Artist

as Jazz Musician

as Dancer

as Poetry Reader

as Guitar Playing Vocal...

as Old Man

as Old Lady

as Little Boy

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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