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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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David Miller
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Iris
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Big John
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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" clic. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Boy Rents Girl  »

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$31,623,833 (USA)
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Original Title of the movie was, "Boy Rents Girl". See more »

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During the slow song at the dance, you see the lead singer with his back to the audience, then he turns around to sing into the microphone. When it shows Cindy dancing with her date, you can see the lead singer behind them with his back still to the audience. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Miller: Nerds, jocks. My side, your side. It's all bullshit. Its hard enough just trying to be yourself.
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One Lover at a Time
Written by Jimmy Scott and Richard Feldman
Performed by Atlantic Starr
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Love is not to be bought, but to be found.
4 November 2004 | by (not here) – See all my reviews

Sometimes the most important thing eludes us and we don't recognize it. Not everyone has the opportunity to recognize, especially when one lives it, what is really important, what is in fact real; the truth of who we are and who others are. And to recognize that before the others and ourselves. Not everyone has that opportunity. Almost all of us fall in the lies and fictions of who we are, who the others are and the place of all of us in our world, but only few of us - lucky few - manage, in the end, but maybe still in time, to see the truth, the reality. And these ones, may consider themselves very happy.

All it takes is to understand that, and we can be who we want to: our own selves.

If you like '80s teen comedies, this one is not to be missed. I liked this movie and i just wanted to share these thoughts i had after seeing it. Patrick Dempsey is good in it, and Amanda Peterson is absolutely great, loved her. Wish i had met a girl like her when i was in high school. But then again, maybe i did...

7/10 overall, a good movie.


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