Can't Buy Me Love 1987 PG-13 CC

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(208) IMDb 6.7/10
Available in HD

Ronny is secretly in love with Cindy, the most popular girl on campus.

Starring:
Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Steve Rash
Starring Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson
Supporting actors Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary, Seth Green, Sharon Farrell, Darcy DeMoss, Dennis Dugan, Cloyce Morrow, Devin DeVasquez, Cort McCown, Eric Bruskotter, Gerardo Mejía, Ami Dolenz, Max Perlich, David Schermerhorn, Steve Franken, Phillip Simms, Tudor Sherrard, George Gray
Studio Touchstone Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

One of my favorite 80s movies.
Debbe
Loved this movie as a teenager and was happy to finally buy it for myself on DVD.
Elle Ross
The acting in this movie is pretty good.
Elisabeth

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Luis Hernandez on 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By bob jones on February 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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 By Steven Cain on September 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MortensOrchid on 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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