Love Don't Cost a Thing
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Love Don't Cost a Thing
The sophomore outing for writer/director/actress Troy Beyer, Love Don't Cost a Thing is a romantic teen comedy based on the screenplay for the 1987 Partick Dempsey film Can't Buy Me Love. Nick Cannon stars as Alvin, a brilliant but awkward teenager -- and budding engineer -- who seizes a golden opportunity when popular cheerleader Paris (Christina Milian) wrecks her parents' SUV and is strapped for cash. They strike an agreement: Alvin will do the repairs for free if Paris pretend to be his girlfriend for two weeks, all in the hopes of elevating his social standing. Little does he… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"... dopey sit com stuff ..."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Missed opportunity full of dubious messages."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...the movie borders on cruelty to its audience."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"[I]t's hard to see any crying need to remake a film that was tacky the last time around, or to make this the black teen - excuse me, "urban" - film of the season."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Short on charm, purpose or laughs."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"It has better values than the original, a little more poignancy, some sweetness."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Love Don't Cost A Thing" is loosely based on the 1987 teen comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," and fails to improve on that tepid movie by using a milieu of black high school students."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It isn't entertaining enough to get away with its minimal contributions to familiar material."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"If you remake a mediocre movie, you get another mediocre movie."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Since Cannon and Milian have to squash any frisson to avoid sinking into pure escort-service sleaze, there's not much rom in the rom-com."
‑ Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"This variation certainly makes its points effectively, in what must be a more superheated milieu."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"High school films don't have to be dull or juvenile; this one suffers tremendously from the former."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"If you tried to be in the "in" crowd -- then this is going to be even more painful. In fact, even if you're in the "in" crowd, you'll find this painful."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Rent the original instead."
‑ Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures (U.S.)
More reviews for Love Don't Cost a Thing on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This