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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 August 1987 (USA)
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A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

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Mrs. Mancini
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Patty
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David Miller
Cloyce Morrow ...
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Iris
Cort McCown ...
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Big John
Gerardo Mejía ...
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Fran
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Lester
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Storyline

Ronald Miller is tired of being a nerd, and makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the "cool" clique. He offers her a thousand dollars to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. It succeeds, but he soon learns that the price of popularity may be higher than he expected. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Ronald is making an investment in his senior year. He's hiring the prettiest cheerleader in school to be his girlfriend.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Boy Rents Girl  »

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$31,623,833 (USA)
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Patrick Dempsey, now a car collector and race driver, used all of his salary from the movie paying for his first car, a 1963 356 Porsche convertible. See more »

Goofs

Ronald tells Cindy that we first landed on the moon on his birthday, so that would make his birthday July 20, 1969. However, after fooling around with Patty on the night of the dance, Ronald is seen marking a calendar and saying "17 years, 3 months and 5 days" was a long time to go that far with a girl. The dance was on October 16th so that would make his birthday July 11th, not July 20th. And in fact, based on the arrangement of days, he must actually be looking at a calendar for 1987, not 1986. See more »

Quotes

Cindy Mancini: The moon looks different now, it's not as mysterious or romantic as before.
Ronald Miller: I'm sorry I ruined it for you.
Cindy Mancini: You didn't ruin it, you just changed it I guess.
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Referenced in Step by Step: Can't Buy Me Love (1997) See more »

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Written by Randy Hall and Attala Zane Giles
Performed by Randy Hall
Courtesy of MCA Records
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80's Entertainment At Its Best
8 March 1999 | by (Kingston, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I love those cheesy 80's teenage love stories. They are fun and entertaining. "Can't Buy Me Love" is one of the better ones for sure. It is one of those movies that you can watch over and over and still love it. The story is interesting and the performances are great. Amanda Peterson is fantastic as the high-priced yet emotionally repressed love interest of lawnboy Patrick Dempsey. The story is funny and moving and can even make you cry. Watch it with friends, watch it alone, watch it with someone you love and remember the pressures of high school and the friends that got you through it.


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