Can't Buy Me Love
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Borrowing a chapter from the John Hughes school of teen comedy, this likeable caper was a box office success. Patrick Dempsey stars as Ronald Miller, a high school nerd about to enter his senior year, who longs for acceptance as one of the "cool kids." His next-door neighbor Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson) is a cheerleader and one of the most popular girls in school, but she doesn't even know that Ronald exists. When she ruins an expensive outfit of her mother's, Ronald offers the $1,000 needed to replace it, if she will pretend to date him for one month. Although skeptical… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A slight but not unenjoyable movie."
‑ , Time Out
"As written by Michael Swerdlick and guided by Rash, the theme dissolves into a bland parody of pubescent pain."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"One of my favourite guilty pleasures of the 80s!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Cute premise, cute leads, and Amanda Peterson? CUTE!"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The film thinks it wants to be sincere, when all it truly wants is to be popular, just like the other kids' movies, so it sells off its originality."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Teen comedy is dated but occasionally funny."
‑ Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
"At times this is a funny, touching film, but more often it isn't."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Okay teen comedy. Nothing special."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It doesn't have a thought in its head and probably no notion of the corruption at its core."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The story of a nerd who pays a perky cheerleader to date him so he will become popular is almost pornographic in its uninhibited, primitive display of the confusion and insecurity that roils like a tempest in the developing mind of the American teenager"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Standard '80s teen angst fodder."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Shouldn't work, but it does. For the most part, anyway."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
More reviews for Can't Buy Me Love on Rotten Tomatoes

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