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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

Patrick Dempsey , Amanda Peterson , Steve Rash  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Dennis Dugan, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary
  • Directors: Steve Rash
  • Writers: Michael Swerdlick
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Can't Buy Me Love" on IMDb

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Nowhere-man Ronny Miller is secretly in love with Cindy Mancini, the prettiest, most popular girl on campus. When Cindy finds herself in a desperate predicament, Ronny steps in to save the day ... for a price! Cindy must pose as Ronny's girl so that her popularity might rub off on him. But the road to popularity takes an unexpected twist when Ronny becomes so "cool" that his former friends feel the chill, Cindy is left toally out in the cold, and Ronny himself discovers that money might buy you popularity, but it can't buy you love!

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Buy Love, But You Can Buy This Movie August 6, 2000
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Amusing story of a nerdy high school student Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) who discovers that becoming popular isn't the greatest thing in the world. After she accidentally ruins her mother's suede dress with some wine, Cyndi, the most popular girl at school (played wonderfully by Amanda Petersen) will do anything to replace it before her mother gets back from her trip.
Enter Ronald. After seeing her desperate attempt to replace the dress at the mall, Ronald makes a deal with Amanda. He'll use the money that he has earned all summer by mowing lawns to buy a new dress, in return for Amanda's help in turning him to Mr. popularity.
Along the way, Ronnie learns lessons about the true value of having real friends, and towards the end of the movie Ronald discovers that he is still himself.
This film, which is no longer produced by Touchstone Video (a division of the Disney Corporation) features many couple of stars before they hit it big. Gerardo, the Latin-singing star who scored a one-hit wonder with "Rico Suave," plays one of the football jocks in the film. However, the real scene-stealer in this film is Seth Green ("Austin Powers"; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" "Can't Hardly Wait") who plays Ronald's annoying, yet hysterical little brother, Chuckie. By taking a look at Seth in this past role you can understand why he is such a big star today. He is always a trip when it comes to comedic performances.
I loved this film for many reasons, but I think the most memorable scene in this film probably has to be Ronald learning an African dance he saw on television (he thought he was watching "American Bandstand"). After learning it, Ronald performs it at the big dance, not knowing that it would become a huge hit.
This film ranks among the 10 best teenage comedies produced in the 1980's. Let's only hope that it will be re-released on video and DVD in the near future.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 80's movie made going to DVD February 3, 2002
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An 80's teen romantic comedy that you can watch over and over again. There is more to the story being told than money cant buy you love. I think a deeper message to this story is no matter how life changes and the world around you changes dont get caught up in all. Stay who you are and true to yourself and everything will work out in the end. On another note Im very happy that Buena Vista Home Entertainment is finally going to put this movie out on DVD this summer. So to all of you Can't Buy Me Love fans out there lets hope they include some special features. I myself would love to hear a commentary from Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson and some deleated scenes. There is not much info from Buena Vista other than its being released this summer. ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From totally geek, to totally chic... September 1, 2002
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I can only vouch for the VHS version, but this movie is a total classic. While it has a solid message about the futility of popularity and the innate human urge to make tribal judgements about others, it is also a delicious piece of entertainment.
Pat Dempsey gives a stellar performance as Ronald McDonald Miller, the RoboNerd who fakes his way into the fast lane, and Amanda Peterson proves she is more than just serious eye candy with a sensitive and intelligent portrayal of the head cheerleader and Ron's dream girl. Yet in spite of a brilliant performance in a very very hip teen movie, Amanda didn't seem to do any films worth a dang after this classic. What an outrageous waste of talent.
The excellent supporting cast, script and John Hughes quality direction make Can't Buy Me Love one of the most refreshing and intelligently "feel good" movies of all time. LOVE the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow Me, all of you ... September 26, 2005
While this was far from the greatest movie ever made, I give this 5 stars because it speaks to a part of us that wants so badly to be accepted and another revelation that people are nothing but followers if you know the right buttons to push.

Ronald, a dork, has been mooning over the most popular girl in school whose lawn he's been mowing for years. He also wishes to be invited to all the A list parties, be liked by others than his fellow nerds, and just be liked. When the most popular girl in school, Cindy, is in a moment of peril, he offers her a large wad of cash to buy himself popularity. The two pose as a couple at their school, with her at his side he is able to walk down the Popular Kids' hallway, eat at their lunch tables, and become included in their social activities. Eventually, according to plan, he and Cindy split and his popular status is secured. Ron, however, gets a swelled head as he feels he has accomplished something when others haven't, and leaves all his former nerd friends in the dust. When Cindy, in a moment of anger, reveils that the whole thing was a plot and that he bribed her affection, he gets a sudden cold shoulder from his true friends that he spurned and the cool kids who he thought were true. Now Ron is really alone.

People are followers, no doubt about that. Ron finds out that the people whose admiration and friendship he sought so hard for are actually shallow, arrogant and insecure. He himself became shallow and arrogant, and forgot who his real friends were. The sweetly awkward nerds were more genuine friends than he ever hoped for. Even the sluttiest girl in the school (who gave more rides than Greyhound) was ashamed she's done the deed with him!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should be widescreen
Great movie if you can get over the fact it's not in widescreen. Any movie that's released post 1995 should be. I felt a little jipped. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by ThePlayer
4.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up
Great old school movie brought back old memories of when movies had actual meaning to them and made sense.. 80s
Published 9 days ago by Jason Ladner
1.0 out of 5 stars hate it
The dvd that was mailed to me is region 15 which means it was made in Russia I cant play the movie on my dvd player or my computer. I was not told that it was a region 15 dvd. Read more
Published 10 days ago by carrie johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great sleep over move
love the move about a boy just wanting to fit in, school is like that, i was very happy at the end. its great move for a sleep over night..
Published 16 days ago by Savanna Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Like this movie a lot
Loved watching this again. I liked it years ago and now after getting the dvd for my collection, I enjoyed watching it again today upon arrival. Cute movie.
Published 19 days ago by C.P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool movie!
Love this movie, alway been one of my favorites. Great 80s classic! If you loves 80s movies definitely add this to your collection.
Published 25 days ago by Danielle D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Light hearted and predictable but worth seeing Patrick Dempsey in his early career, and getting a reminder of how we dressed and acted in the 80s
Published 28 days ago by Linda Dexter
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Published 1 month ago by Dave Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
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Published 1 month ago by Nanci
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s movie !
Love 80s movies! Great plot, if you're tired of the typical slapstick over acted movies today, unwind with this great 80s classic
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