Can't Buy Me LoveDirector: Steve Rash
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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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|Patrick Dempsey||Ronald Miller|
|Amanda Peterson||Cindy Mancini|
|Courtney Gains||Kenneth Wurman|
|Seth Green||Chuckie Miller|
|Darcy de Moss||Patty|
|Eric Bruskotter||Big John|
|Jimmie ZLee Mithcell||Mr. Webbly|
|George Gray||Bobby Hilton|
|Sharon Farrell||Mrs. Mancini|
|Dennis Dugan||David Miller|
|Cloyce Morrow||Judy Miller|
|Steve Franken||Moda Clerk|
|Jan Rooney||Mrs. Hagmer|
|James Gooden||Mr. Wurman|
|Erin O'Flaherty||Fr. Wurman|
|Will Hannah||Camera Salesman|
|Todd Walsh||Stocky Jones|
|Wayne Chandler||African Host|
|Corissa Miller||Transfer Girl|
|Lisa Givens||Bambi La Brock|
|Ron Beckman||Executive Producer|
|Peter Bentley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Andrew Bernard||Set Decoration/Design|
|Peter Lyons Collister||Cinematographer|
|Robert Folk||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Donald L. Harris||Production Designer|
|Jere Henshaw||Executive Producer|
|Gregory Poe||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Christian W. Russhon||Set Decoration/Design|
|Steven Saxton||Associate Producer|
|Jerram A. Swartz||Asst. Director|
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*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.
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!
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.
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
I thought that this movie had a really good story. It was funny and charming!
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!!!!
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.
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!!!
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 ..
Patrick Dempsey as a nerd- then, McDreamy- now. Great movie. Fantasically funny with some very poignant moments. True 80's classic.
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.
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!
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!