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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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Mrs. Mancini
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David Miller
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Big John
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Lester
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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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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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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

In reality there's no way that the kids could have climbed the wall to get into the airplane graveyard. It is located on Davis Monthan Air Force Base and is under constant surveillance. You cannot even stop your car on the side of that stretch of road without military personnel showing up. There also are no dumpsters anywhere near that part of the road. That scene was actually filmed elsewhere in Tucson rather than near the boneyard. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Miller: [Ronald reading Cindy's poetry] "Someday my wish is for him to hold me in his arms, in a sea of deep blue, together at last, together as two", ohhh that's beautiful, I didn't know you were a poet.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.95 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Buy Me Love
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of my fave high school films
20 January 2000 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

A high school boy saves up 2000 dollars for a new telescope, but winds up spending it for a girlfriend. She was the most popular girl at school, and needed the money to replace her mother's jacket that she [the girl] had ruined. In return, the girl must date the boy for a month, making him suddenly popular, something he isn't used to at all. Of course, he is found out eventually, and all his new "friends" turn against him. A picture which is well worth seeing.


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