Love Don't Cost a Thing

Love Don't Cost a Thing

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Director: Troy Beyer

Cast: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Kenan Thompson

     
 

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Nick Cannon and Christina Milian star in this urbanized update of the 1987 teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love. Directed by Troy Beyer, Love Don't Cost a Thing centers on a nerdy high-school student who gets a chance to become popular when he strikes a deal with a cheerleader in need. The film is presented in widescreen with the original English soundtrackSee more details below

Overview

Nick Cannon and Christina Milian star in this urbanized update of the 1987 teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love. Directed by Troy Beyer, Love Don't Cost a Thing centers on a nerdy high-school student who gets a chance to become popular when he strikes a deal with a cheerleader in need. The film is presented in widescreen with the original English soundtrack mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. There's also a dubbed French track in Dolby Digital Stereo and English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Along with the film itself, the disc features a selection of bonuses, including an alternate ending, a behind-the-scenes documentary, two music videos, and the original theatrical trailer. A full-screen edition with the same features is also available.

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It has the misfortune of being named after a Jennifer Lopez song, but otherwise, Love Don't Cost a Thing is a tight little urban remake of Can't Buy Me Love. In fact, certain lines of dialogue are cut and pasted word for word, but that just increases the positive associations for those fond of the original. Though the intended audiences don't overlap, the teen-movie truths are universal -- whether it's Patrick Dempsey or Nick Cannon, they both need to check themselves before they wreck themselves. Love Don't Cost a Thing is as joyful as it is because of Cannon's charismatic performance as Alvin Johnson. He's affectionately geeky at the start, and his caricature of the bling-bling "playa" stops just short of offensive stereotypes. The same can be said of Steve Harvey as Alvin's father. Capable of really grating, here Harvey finds just the right pitch for the role of Alvin's overzealous sex coach, including a scene in which he humorously outlines the potential usage scenarios for a shoebox full of prophylactics. Jokes about condoms notwithstanding, the film takes a sweetly optimistic view of modern teenagers, racially integrating their social groups wherever possible (Alvin's three best friends are white, black, and Indian), and rarely offering any hint of real violence. What's more impressive is that director Troy Beyer goes well beyond the minimum competence required of her. She sets her camera up in ways that challenge the norm, including filming a conversation among popular kids by placing the camera inside the microwaves and pantry cabinets they open during home ec class. Love Don't Cost a Thing is no classic -- in fact, it's not even as good as the guilty pleasure that inspired it. But it's a lot better than it needed to be, and paints outside the numbers enough to seem pretty satisfying.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
UPC:
0085392468027
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
29,303

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes; Paris takes center stage in a surprise alternate ending; 2 music videos: Murphy Lee's Luv Me Baby and Shorty (Put it on the Floor) with Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Chingy and Nick Cannon; The making of Love Don't Cost a Thing; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Cannon Alvin Johnson
Christina Milian Paris Morgan
Kenan Thompson Walter Colley
Kal Penn Kenneth Warman
Steve Harvey Clarence Johnson
Vanessa Bell Calloway Vivian Johnson
Nichole Robinson Yvonne Freeman
Melissa Schuman Zoe Parks
Al Thompson Ted
Ashley Monique Clark Aretha Johnson
Gay Thomas Wilson Judy Morgan
Sam Sarpong Kadeem
Imani Parks Mia
Ian Chidlaw Eddie
J.B. Ghuman JB
Howard Russell Anthony
Elimu Nelson Dru Hilton
Jordan Burg Little Boy
Jackie Benoit Old Lady
George Cedar Old Man
Stuart Scott Himself
Kevin Christy Chuck Mattock
Michael Davis Junior
Nicole Scherzinger Champagne Girl
Peter Siragusa Ben
Maria Carmen Chemistry Teacher
Damon Butler Martial Arts Mambo Instructor
Shani Pride Jasmine
Raistalla Drill Team Member
Kelly Becerra Drill Team Member
Lindsey Blaufarb Drill Team Member
Crystal Colar Drill Team Member
Rocio Mendoza Drill Team Member
Ben Stephens Jock #1
Dante Basco Spoken Word Artist
Charles Owen Jazz Musician
Mayte Garcia Dancer
Ralph Scherer Poetry Reader
Ernestine Parks Singer
Shvona Lavette Williams Guitar Playing Vocalist
Reagan Gomez-Preston Olivia

Technical Credits
Troy Beyer Director,Screenwriter
Mark Burg Producer
Lisette Bustamante Choreography
Reuben Cannon Casting,Producer
Bob Carmichael Camera Operator
David Codron Editor
Chuck Cohen Cinematographer
Kria Davis Co-producer
Kira Davis Co-producer
David Ellis Art Director
Alexander H. Gayner Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Joyce Anne Gilstrap Set Decoration/Design
Broderick Johnson Producer
Andrew Kosove Producer
Oren Koules Executive Producer
Nava Levin Co-producer
Jennifer Mallini Costumes/Costume Designer
Cabot McMullen Production Designer
Michael McQuarn Musical Direction/Supervision
Aaron Pazanti Camera Operator
Christine Peters Costumes/Costume Designer
Chonique Sneed Choreography
Michael Swerdlick Screenwriter
Steve Tibbo Sound/Sound Designer
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer
Kim Williams Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Pool Cool Credits [2:44]
2. Party Splasher [3:25]
3. Free Agents [3:29]
4. Forbidden Hallway [2:54]
5. No Lovin' [3:28]
6. Look Out! [3:24]
7. Driving a Bargain [4:19]
8. How Hot She Is [4:04]
9. Why, Girl? [2:50]
10. Rite of Passage [4:56]
11. Not Telling [2:13]
12. Losers to the Left [3:50]
13. Urkel Gone Gangsta [3:36]
14. Lessons in Sexy [:14]
15. Date Night [4:37]
16. Trying to Come Up [2:43]
17. Invisible [2:15]
18. Paris's Dream [2:34]
19. Bounce [4:41]
20. Popularity's a Job [3:28]
21. Foot on the Gas [2:16]
22. I Told You So [4:04]
23. Ditch Day [4:01]
24. Al Johnson's Girls [4:39]
25. Getting Real [4:07]
26. Who's Bad [4:52]
27. Other Dreams [5:34]
28. End Credits [1:30]

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