Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Drama  |  12 December 2003 (USA)
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Highschool loser (Cannon) pays a cheerleader (Milian) to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool. Remake of 1987' Can't Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey.


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Highschool loser (Cannon) pays a cheerleader (Milian) to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool. Remake of 1987' Can't Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey.

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Love Don't Co$t A Thing but it pays to be yourself


Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

12 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can't Buy Me Love  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,315,311 (USA) (12 December 2003)


$21,897,389 (USA) (5 March 2004)

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Did You Know?


The campus and gym scenes were shot at Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, CA. Other movies such as Coach Carter, American Pie, and The Craft were also shot at this school. See more »


When Walter walks into the locker and falls down, you can see the mat on the floor. See more »


Aretha Johnson: [after seeing Al's makeover for the first time] Urkel has gone gangsta.
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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Road Trip (2011) See more »


Written by Philip Bailey (as Phillip Bailey), Charles Stepney and Maurice White
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
Under Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Teen flick unlike many other
1 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Love don't cost a thing came as a wave of fresh air for me. I've always had a bias against American High School teen flicks coz i found them soo superficial and cliché.....but Love Don't cost a thing was a bit, just a tinsy bit more mature than that. There was nothing original about the cast or story line but i can contentedly say that it had a positive effect viewing it. LDCAT was well acted out and the cast suit it perfectly, i loved Harvey as usual...being his cocky self and Nick Cannon and the chick added flavour to the story line....the plot was the usual dorky guy goes cool and reverts back to dorkiness after he finds out that "coolness" doesn't live up to what its projected to be. It evoked emotion and thought...enough of it to warrant a watch. I actually felt the torment going through the characters lives as he strived to adapt to the system...and as i presume, a good movie is one that has the power to connect us with the characters. To cut the long story short...i think each and everyone can identify with at least one of the characters and i can undoubtedly say that most of us have at least gone through what is projected in the movie. My scepticism as to Teen Flicks diminished when i got to the core of the movie and without a doubt, LDCAT is an emotion evoker. It tells the story of American suburban youth trying to adapt and this can be replicated all over the world and in all walks of life. It was a good watch and i gave it a clean 8 out of 10. The ending was quite abrupt though but the chick really carried her role well...emotional distress and all....and as Steve Harvey would say....GET OF YOUR ASS AND HANDLE YOUR favorite quote of the movie.

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