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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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Tina Caspary ...
Barbara
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Mrs. Mancini
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Patty
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David Miller
Cloyce Morrow ...
Judy Miller
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Iris
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Quint
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Big John
Gerardo Mejía ...
Ricky
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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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Trivia

Actress Amanda Peterson was only 15 years old during filming and actor Patrick Dempsey was 20 years old. See more »

Goofs

In the gym dance scene, the actor who plays the African-American nerd who replaces Ronald is seen at one point dancing behind Ronald (presumably as an extra) while he should be in the gym's bleachers with Ronald's former nerd friends. See more »

Quotes

[Ronald walks the cool hallway for the first time and begin to talk to the girls]
Patty: Didn't you like, used to mow our lawn?
Ronald Miller: Yes, and you have the nicest pair of rhododendrons in town!
Patty: Rhodo-who's?
Cindy Mancini: Guys, I'll meet you at home.
Barbara: What did he say?
Patty: I don't care! I dig his shirt...
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Connections

Spoofed in Drawn Together: Mexican't Buy Me Love (2006) See more »

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Burnin'
Written by Larry Hester and Terry Quinn
Performed by Rebel Faction
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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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