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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ronald Miller
... Cindy Mancini
... Kenneth Wurman
... Barbara
... Chuckie Miller
... Mrs. Mancini
... Patty (as Darcy De Moss)
... David Miller
Cloyce Morrow ... Judy Miller
... Iris (as Devin Devasquez)
... Big John
... Ricky
... Quint
... Fran
... 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boy Rents Girl  »

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$31,623,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,623,833
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Trivia

Patrick Dempsey is a car collector and race driver. He used all of his pay from this film to buy his first car, a 1963 Porsche 356 convertible. See more »

Goofs

After their "break-up", Ronnie rides up to Cyndi's house on his bike. When she parks her car, she puts her purse strap on her shoulder. However, when she gets out and closes the door, she puts the purse strap on her shoulder again. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Indie Sex: Teens (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Certain Things Are Likely
Written by Nicholas Whitecross, Simon Aldridge, Stephen Cusack and John Hall
Performed by Kissing The Pink (as KTP)
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
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The best 80s movie ever
17 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

If you like 80s movies this is my top 5 of all time. This movie is amazing and should not be forgotten. The story is about Ronald played by Patrick Dempsey who is a nerd and lives next door to Cindy the most popular girl in High School played by Amanda Peterson. Ronald mows lawns for a living and is saving his money for his science project. He finally has enough money to pay for his project but he decides to help out Cindy with dilemma. Cindy ruins her moms dress at a party and she needs a 1,000 dollars to buy a new dress so her mom doesn't ground her for life. Ronald decides to give up his money for the project if Cindy pretends to like him. The movie is amazing. Its very funny, great acting, and the chemistry works. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I could watch it over and over again. If you like 80s movies check this movie out as well as Teen Witch, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Just One of the guys, and Big.


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