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Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Poster

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Ronald Miller: Nerds, jocks. My side, your side. It's all bullshit. Its hard enough just trying to be yourself.

[Talking to Cindy outside her house]

Ronald Miller: I need to talk to you. Every time I call you're either taking a bath, washing your hair or you're out of the country. That was a good one, by the way.

Patty: I mean, he went from totally geek, to totally chic!

[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...

Chuckie Miller: You nuked my brother.

Cindy Mancini: What?

Chuckie Miller: You took him from "geek" status to "king" status to no status.

Cindy Mancini: Chuckie Miller, right? He resorted to sending his messenger boy?

Chuckie Miller: Boy? I see no boy here.

[Cindy puts powder on his face]

Chuckie Miller: You think you shut me up?

Cindy Mancini: I didn't? Well, let me try again.

[attempts to put lipstick on Chuckie]

Chuckie Miller: [leaves]

[says to his friends]

Chuckie Miller: Babe said it was good for my complexion.

[the girls are in Cindy's car]

Barbara: Why wouldn't we go out with Ronald. I mean he's cute and sweet...

Patty: And good...

[Cindy and Barbara stares at her]

Patty: Come on, a lady never talks.

Cindy Mancini: Well I'll have to remember that the next time I see one.

[Ronald washes Cindy's car]

Ronald Miller: You can do anything you want, anything you put your heart and mind into!

Kenneth Wurman: Look, It's the African ant eater ritual!

Ronald Miller: I'm going to a party. John Richmond's, with Cindi Mancini.

Chuckie Miller: Cindi Mancini? Senior, captain of the cheerleaders, most beautiful girl in the history of this county?

Ronald Miller: That's her. Well, I'm late, gotta bolt.

Chuckie Miller: Bolt? Something stinks in suburbia.

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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 see you in home ec, OK?

Barbara: What did he say?

Patty: I don't care! Dig on his shirt...

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Patty: Like we're not supposed to know he's SPYING on us in his SPAZ-mobile.

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Ronald Miller: What's his name, Biff?

Cindy Mancini: Don't give me that! His name happens to be Brent!

Ronald Miller: Is there a difference?

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Cindy Mancini: Guys, take a look at forehead... do you see a sign that says information?

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Cindy Mancini: Iris? Oh yeah, she's a big conquest. She's given more rides than Greyhound!

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[Patty seducing Ronald in the car]

Patty: Are you into long distance relationships?

Ronald Miller: No.

Patty: Now, then why don't you reach out and touch someone?

[puts his hands on her breasts]

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[Cindy to Ronald after their fake break-up]

Cindy Mancini: Whatever happens to your popularity, stay yourself, don't change to please others.

Ronald Miller: Me change? Never.

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[Quint walking into the New Year's party]

Quint: Quinton is in! Let the fun begin!

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Ronald Miller: You ignored the Donald Miller geek for seventeen years, now you want to ride the Ronnie Miller express!

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[Dinner conversation at the Millers on report card day]

Ronald Miller: Here is the primate example. You raise a doll-chopping homicidal maniac, and what do you do every time you see him? You give him money. Great!

Chuckie Miller: Chillin!

Rons Dad: Shut up, Chuck!

Chuckie Miller: I was talking to Ma!

Rons Mom: Shut up, Chuck!

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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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Patty: Cool outfit!

Barbara: What a severe suede!

Cindy Mancini: You guys, it's no big deal. Bobby sent it to me from Iowa. You know they have fine leathers down there.

Patty: Oh, yeah. The best leathers come from Rome, Paris, and Des Moines!

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Jock: Look - it's a nerd herd!

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Ronald Miller: We do have a lot of great memories but be honest... wouldn't you like to be popular?

Kenneth Wurman: And have to be in a clique... no.

Ronald Miller: What happened to us? We were all friends in elementary.

Kenneth Wurman: That's because we were all forced to be in the same room together. But, hey, Junior high, high school. Forget it. Jocks became Jocks. Cheerleaders became cheerleaders. We became us. I like us.

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Ronald Miller: I just think it would be more fun to party with those guys our senior year... go to the games...

Kenneth Wurman: We go to ALL the games.

Ronald Miller: We sit in the visiting section Kenneth... at our own school.

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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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Cindy Mancini: Are you high?

Ronald Miller: I want to rent you.

Cindy Mancini: You want to rent me?

Ronald Miller: Yeah. You pretend you like me and we go out for a few weeks... and that will make me popular.

Cindy Mancini: Just going out with me is not gonna make you popular.

Ronald Miller: Well I have a thousand dollars that says it will.

Cindy Mancini: I think you've mowed one too many lawns!

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Transfer Girl: Didn't you take economics? You could have had me for $49.95.

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Chuckie Miller: What we have here is something I Just learned called the law of supply and demand. I shall supply you this remote control, but I'm going to demand, say, uh, two bucks.

Ronald Miller: Wrong! That is not how the economic theory works.

Chuckie Miller: Look, I learned it in seventh grade, not Harvard.

Ronald Miller: Okay, let me give you the theory of relativity. Either you put on Bandstand now, or I have one less relative.

Chuckie Miller: I'll put on Bandstand Just for you

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Patty: [after taking off her top] I bet you've never seen two like these before.

Ronald Miller: Well, my parents do have cable.

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Cindy Mancini: You! Even Bobby thinks we went out. Great, huh? Ha! All of you thought we were a couple. What a joke!... Ronald Miller paid me 1,000 bucks to pretend I liked him. What a deal, huh? $1,000 to go out with him for a month. This guy. Oh, God. He bought me. And he bought all of you. He was sick and tired of being a nobody. Yeah, and he said that all of you guys would worship him if we went out. And I didn't believe that. I was, like, no way! And he was right! No, leave me alone. He was right. Our little plan worked, didn't it, Ronald? The dance. That stupid dance! What a bunch of followers you guys are. I mean, at least I got... At least I got paid.

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Mrs. Mancini: First he's a geek, and then you start going out with him. Then he's a geek again. Honey, I don't know what a geek is.

Cindy Mancini: I guess, at the present time, a geek is Ronald Miller.

Mrs. Mancini: Who says?

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Quint: I've learned to appreciate the finer things in life. I even travel with my own wine. You never know the quality you may encounter at a soiree.

Fran: [smells the wine and coughs] Very classy.

Quint: [takes a swig out of the wine bottle] Mm-hmm. I'm into class. It's my new thing.

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Quint: [to Ronald] Oh, Return of the Living Dred.

Ronald Miller: [walks over with a bat] Why don't you lay off?

Quint: Why don't you go back where you belong, hose head.

Ronald Miller: Take your hands off Kenneth or I'll break your arm. Your pitching arm.

Quint: Oh yeah? Don't make me laugh, lawn boy.

Ronald Miller: Let go. NOW!

[slams the table with the bat]

Quint: [Let's Kenneth go]

Ronald Miller: You broke your arm once before, remember? You fell out of our tree house. Kenneth picked you up and we carried you 12 blocks to the hospital.

Kenneth Wurman: Yeah, you cried all the way.

Ronald Miller: We were all friends then, remember? And now you want to end his life because he's talking to Patty on your side of the cafeteria. Oh man, that's stupid. I know cuz that's where I wanted to be. On your side, with your crowd. But I messed up. See, I tried to buy my way in. But Kenneth, he's not trying to buy anybody. He's just trying to make friends *being* *himself*. Cools, Nerds, your side, my side, man it's all bullshit. It's just tough enough to be yourself.

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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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[Chucky about Ronald's card nights]

Chuckie Miller: Cards with the tards. Who could beat a night of cards, chips, dips and dorks?

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