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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Caspary ...
Mrs. Mancini
David Miller
Cloyce Morrow ...
Judy Miller
Big John


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boy Rents Girl  »

Box Office


$31,623,833 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Amanda Peterson's family claims that she has a traumatizing experience on the set at fifteen that later lead to her problems before her death. See more »


When Big John pulls the beer out with his teeth on New Year's Eve and offers one to Ronnie and Iris, they are drinking a Miller Genuine Draft gold can. However, in the next shot, all three of them are drinking a Budweiser white can. See more »


Rons Dad: [speaking to Ronald] I'm proud of you son. You worked, you earned, you saved...
Chuckie Miller: You Ask! Hey big Dave, how about spottin' me a twenty to purchase some necessities!
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References The Buddy Holly Story (1978) See more »


All Night Long
Written by Randy Hall and Raymond Jones
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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