Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)



Critic Consensus: 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 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.
PG-13 (for sexual content/humor)
Comedy , Romance
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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
Sam Sarpong
as Kadeem
Gay Thomas Wilson
as Judy Morgan
Ian Chidlaw
as Eddie
Russell Howard
as Anthony
Elimu Nelson
as Dru Hilton
Stuart Scott
as Himself
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Vivian Johnson
Ashley Monique Clark
as Aretha Johnson
Michael Davis
as Junior
Nicole Scherzinger
as Champagne Girl
Maria Carmen
as Chemistry Teacher
Damon Butler
as Martial Arts Mambo Instructor
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
Mayte Garcia
as Dancer
Ralph Scherer
as Poetry Reader
Shvona Lavette Williams
as Guitar Playing Vocalist
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 (72) | Top Critics (26)

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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | February 20, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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January 15, 2004
San Francisco Examiner
Top Critic

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

Audience Reviews for Love Don't Cost a Thing

Not bad, wasn't great, fun to see Nick Cannon before AGT made him a superstar. Plus, you get the greatness of Steve Harvey! Could of been better, but watchable!

Trey McLean
Trey McLean

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
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
Miriam Kline

Super Reviewer

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