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Can't Buy Me Love

Can't Buy Me Love

4.3 16
Director: Steve Rash

Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains


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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,


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 to replace it, if she will pretend to date him for one month. Although skeptical about Ronald's plan, Cindy agrees, and her "new boyfriend" turns out to be right about what he thinks dating Cindy will do for him -- he becomes accepted by the school's snobs because of his association with one of their own. At least, for a while. Originally titled "Boy Rents Girl," Can't Buy Me Love (1987) was the first production launched by former studio executive Thom Mount after leaving his high-profile post. His company went on to produce weightier material such as Bull Durham (1988), The Indian Runner (1991), and Natural Born Killers (1994).

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although the teen-movie genre underwent a renaissance of sorts in the 1980s, Can’t Buy Me Love inexplicably failed to achieve the enormous success of films like The Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink. But now, thanks to DVD, you’ll have another chance to catch up with this underrated, often imitated comedy from 1987. Working-class teen Ronny Miller (Patrick Dempsey) is a social misfit who craves popularity and the chance to date his dream girl, sexy Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson). When fate unexpectedly throws them together, Ronny pays Amanda to pose as his girlfriend, thereby granting him "star" status at their high school. Sound familiar? It should: The plot of Can’t Buy Me Love, with minor variations, has been appropriated for no less than a half dozen teen movies over the last 15 years. The original still outshines the knockoffs, though, owing to the facile direction of Steve Rash (The Buddy Holly Story) and the winning performances of Dempsey and Peterson. Unmistakably a product of its era -- you can tell by the hairstyles, fashions, and music -- this charming, low-key farce hasn’t lost any of its resonance.
All Movie Guide
The struggle to graduate from geek to god has rarely been as painfully misguided as in Can't Buy Me Love, in which a well-meaning romantic (Patrick Dempsey) uses the money he'd set aside for a telescope to rent a popular beauty's affections for a month's time. Of course, in this process he also must step on the toes of his former clan of nerdish friends, and Dempsey's Ronald Miller does so with an iron boot, straying further from the straight and narrow than a frivolous comedy like this would usually require. The rocky road to popularity, as well as the revelation that the journey is pretty hollow, is handled at about the average level for this genre. Dempsey's intensity as an actor gives Ronald Miller a third dimension that the script doesn't provide. Amanda Peterson made quite an impression as Dempsey's love interest, bringing a lot more to the production than just a pretty face, but never again materialized in such a prominent role. Seth Green also makes an early career appearance as Ronald's pesky younger brother. Beneath its simplistic narrative sheen, Can't Buy Me Love has enough warmth and true sentiments that it deserves its status as a fond favorite of those who were teenagers in the late '80s.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Dempsey Ronald Miller
Amanda Peterson Cindy Mancini
Courtney Gains Kenneth Wurman
Seth Green Chuckie Miller
Tina Caspary Barbara
Devin DeVasquez Iris
Darcy de Moss Patty
Eric Bruskotter Big John
Cort McCown Quint
Jimmie ZLee Mithcell Mr. Webbly
Wagelie Meredith/Freshman
George Gray Bobby Hilton
Sharon Farrell Mrs. Mancini
Dennis Dugan David Miller
Cloyce Morrow Judy Miller
Gerardo Mejia Ricky
Ami Dolenz Fran
Max Perlich Lester
David Schermerhorn Albert
Steve Franken Moda Clerk
Phil Simms Rock
Tudor Sherrard Brent
Jan Rooney Mrs. Hagmer
James Gooden Mr. Wurman
Erin O'Flaherty Fr. Wurman
Ty Gray Duane
Will Hannah Camera Salesman
Todd Walsh Stocky Jones
Wayne Chandler African Host
Jennifer Nelson Freshman
Corissa Miller Transfer Girl
Lisa Givens Bambi La Brock

Technical Credits
Steve Rash Director
Paula Abdul Choreography
Ron Beckman Executive Producer
Peter Bentley Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Bernard Set Decoration/Design
Mark Burg Co-producer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Robert Folk Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Gourson Editor
Donald L. Harris Production Designer
Jere Henshaw Executive Producer
Caro Jones Casting
Thom Mount Producer
Gregory Poe Costumes/Costume Designer
Wayne Rice Screenwriter
Christian W. Russhon Set Decoration/Design
Steven Saxton Associate Producer
Cher Slater Makeup
Jerram A. Swartz Asst. Director
Michael Swerdlick Screenwriter


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Can't Buy Me Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Warning* - this IS NOT a widescreen DVD!!!! I love the movie, but was snookered by the clearly false description "DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1." When I received the DVD I realized it was the same as the DVD I already owned - 4x3 full-screen.
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can't buy me love from 1987 a very good movie has comedy and romance in it Ronald is an unpopular guy but he dates the pretty blonde Cindy and gets real popular by the higshool gang the girls love him and everyone thinks he's cool just be yourself thats what this movie is about to be popular isn't everything!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to know what a classic 80s teen sex comedy looked like, here it is. This flick has all the ingredients - The improbable pairing of the two main characters. A Falling In Love music montage. And of course, a climax with a lesson - the speech/epiphany of the main character that explains why we're watching it in the first place. The only thing it could use is more gratituous nudity. I'm not watching it because the actors who play Bobby or Big John are good actors, I'm watching it for lines like ''He's trying to pull a Ronald McDonald Miller'' or ''I know two girls who got pretty comfortable in that spaz-mobile.'' Get comfortable and don't take it too seriously.
CrazyNurse More than 1 year ago
Forgot what a great movie this was. Had to buy it and share it with friends. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patrick Dempsey as a nerd- then, McDreamy- now. Great movie. Fantasically funny with some very poignant moments. True 80's classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite 80's teen movies. Unfortunately seeing it in the movie theater was the only chance I had to see it in widescreen format because this DVD is only 4:3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the movie... B&N was a very good place to buy it throught because no one else had it , and I got it at a great price!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Dempsey plays Ronald Miller, a high school nerd who is about to enter his senior year and would like to be one of the in-crowd people. Cyndi Mancini is a popular cheeerleader who has just ruined her mother's good dress. Ronald will pay $1000 to help Cyndi out if she'll agree to pretend to be his girlfriend for one month, in hopes of becoming popular due to his association with her. Well the plan works and Ronald reaches popularity status, but fame is fleeting. I'll let you watch the film and see what happens next. This is a nice film with good performances that also stars Courtney Gains & a young Seth Green. Enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't Buy me Love movie should be on television ( on any main chanel such a 4 or 5 ) once or twice a year during an evening & perhaps without commercials or at least be sure to show every part / scenes of the movie.
This is such an classic movie and so true to it's words / actions of how teenagers are growing up now-a-days & even back in the 70's & 80's..
This movie is both dramatic and a comedy as well.
Very good w/ actors whom today are well known such as Patrick Dempsey ..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great Its about a guy Ronald Miller who pretends to go out with Cindy Mincdndo a popular pretty blonde But this movie also proves To just Be Yourself Nomatter who you are I love Can't buy me love!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie had a really good story. It was funny and charming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just wanted to cry at the end everytime i watch this movie i wanna crawl under the table its just so stunning i get warm chills i give patrick dempsey 5 thumbs up very good role to me its the second best teen movie of the eighties
hemmingway2000 More than 1 year ago
Patrick Dempsey's character is a member of the socially unpopular brainy types society often refers to as Nerds. Suddenly he leaps to the height of popularity when instead of buying a telescope, he purchases the services of the most popular girl in school. For the price, she pretends to like him, propelling him to a pinnacle of school popularity with cheerleaders, jocks and all the big people on campus. Along the way he learns a difficultly taught lesson of true acceptance, friendship and teamwork when he loses it all...even his former brainy friends have alienated him from their group. He is truly all alone. Patrick Dempsey's character plummets from a whirlwind of high times to the pit of social derision. He is made a social outcast. It's been 10 years since I've seen this movie and it's life lessons are so vivid, I still remember them quite clearly. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the top or best, I give this film a 5.5. Do not pass on this one, do catch it, you will definitely enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago