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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

Patrick Dempsey , Amanda Peterson , Steve Rash  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Dennis Dugan, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary
  • Directors: Steve Rash
  • Writers: Michael Swerdlick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,414 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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103 of 110 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
Format:VHS Tape
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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25 of 27 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow Me, all of you ... September 26, 2005
Format:DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I always liked this movie September 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
In "Can't Buy Me Love," Patrick Dempsey plays Ron, a high school nerd who Machiavellianly seizes a chance to become "popular." He happens to bump into Cindy Mancini, the captain of the girls' cheerleading squad, at a moment when she is desperate for a quick thousand dollars -- an amount of money which he has on him, because he was on his way to buy himself an awesome new telescope. He arranges with her to pretend that they are a couple, in public, in return for which he will bail her out of her predicament. They shake hands on the deal, and things start getting weird immediately.
This is really a pretty nice movie. Ron shows the magic of being a nerd -- he takes Cindy on a date to an old airplane graveyard, where he regales her with stories about the histories of the old planes. He knows the geography of the lunar surface as though it were the back of his hand, which is kind of a cool thing to be clued into. Basically, he really is a pretty interesting guy. HOWEVER... the more popular he becomes, (due to Cindy's charm rubbing off on him), the more of a scumbag he gets to be. He doesn't even seem to realize that Cindy actually falls in love with him for his real self, he's so caught up with trying to be someone he's not. If he had remained the Astro-nerd he really was, right from the beginning, he would have had a lot more self respect. In that case, of course, there would have been no movie, so maybe we're all lucky that he chose to temporarily alter his customary modus vivendi.
This movie has real heart. A lot of 80s movies were pretty fluffy, but this one actually makes you think. It sticks to your ribs, that's all I can tell you. This next part of my review might sound a little tangential, but if you see the movie you'll see that it's actually extremely relevant...
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