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 Paris tells Al, "I wrote those words" she's really saying something else. See more »


Alvin Johnson: [Alvin reads Paris' burnt Sean John jacket] "Sean Jo!"
Kenneth Warman: Could be Asian?
Walter Colley: [in a Japanese accent] Sean Jo.
[regular voice]
Walter Colley: It smell like burnt Paris Morgan now.
Kenneth Warman: Yeah that's how hot she is!
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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Road Trip (2011) See more »


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Written by John E. Rhone (as John Rhone) and Ontario Haynes
Produced by John E. Rhone (as J. Rhone) and Ontario Haynes (as O. Haynes) for Whole 9 Entertainment
Performed by Whole 9
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Christina Milian did well...
8 January 2004 | by (In the Clouds) – See all my reviews

If you liked "Drive Me Crazy" then you'll like this - the story is basically the same.There's not much to say about this movie i'm afraid - Christina Milian did well without a riveting plot (or enough adequate actors) to back her up. The attempt at an intimate scene between Milian and Cannon (when she's at home playing her guitar) looked more awkward than anything else but this was due to Cannon's misrepresentation of his character in that particular case. By the end of the movie you're left wondering why Paris (Milian) gets together with 'pool boy' Alvin (Cannon)at all because as the movie progress his dissatisfaction with himself turns him into a "popular-by-association" and arrogant robot and his treatment of the one person that helped him get there is shocking. However, if you can forgive this, the better aspects of his character seem to emerge at the end of the movie. Steve Harvey did well to bring his own brand of humour to the movie but this wasn't enought to elevate it above 5/10.

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