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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 August 1987 (USA)
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An outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month.

Director:

Steve Rash
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dempsey ... Ronald Miller
Amanda Peterson ... Cindy Mancini
Courtney Gains ... Kenneth Wurman
Tina Caspary ... Barbara
Seth Green ... Chuckie Miller
Sharon Farrell ... Mrs. Mancini
Darcy DeMoss ... Patty (as Darcy De Moss)
Dennis Dugan ... David Miller
Cloyce Morrow Cloyce Morrow ... Judy Miller
Devin DeVasquez ... Iris (as Devin Devasquez)
Eric Bruskotter ... Big John
Gerardo Mejía ... Ricky
Cort McCown ... Quint
Ami Dolenz ... Fran
Max Perlich ... 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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Iris has intimate scenes with all three of the popular guys: with Big John at the first party at his house, with Ricky at the school dance, and with Ronald at the New Year's Eve party at Big John's house. See more »

Goofs

The airplane graveyard is located on Davis Monthan Air Force Base, and is under constant surveillance. Even a car stopped on the side of the road attracts military personnel. There are no dumpsters anywhere nearby. That scene was clearly filmed elsewhere in Tucson. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

UK theatrical version was edited by 1m 14sec to secure a PG rating. See more »

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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Road Trip (2011) See more »

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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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80's Entertainment At Its Best
8 March 1999 | by Casa2000See all my reviews

I love those cheesy 80's teenage love stories. They are fun and entertaining. "Can't Buy Me Love" is one of the better ones for sure. It is one of those movies that you can watch over and over and still love it. The story is interesting and the performances are great. Amanda Peterson is fantastic as the high-priced yet emotionally repressed love interest of lawnboy Patrick Dempsey. The story is funny and moving and can even make you cry. Watch it with friends, watch it alone, watch it with someone you love and remember the pressures of high school and the friends that got you through it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,754,732, 16 August 1987

Gross USA:

$31,623,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,623,833
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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