Can't Buy Me Love

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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."
  • PG-13
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.8  (40,768)
  • 36

Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 romantic comedy movie that follows the life of a high-school nerd named Ronald Miller, played by Patrick Dempsey, who wants to be part of the popular high school crowd. The movie portrays the life of a typical high-schooler, where everything revolves around popularity and the in-crowd. Ronald is an average high-school nerd, who spends most of his time studying and planning his future. He feels like an outsider and is desperate to fit in with the cool kids. When he learns that the school's most popular cheerleader Cindy Mancini, played by Amanda Peterson, needs $1000 for a damaged suede skirt, he sees an opportunity to win her over. Ronald decides to offer Cindy the sum of $1000 in exchange for pretending to be his girlfriend, with the aim of improving his popularity.

After Cindy accepts the deal, Ronald's life begins to change as he becomes accepted by the popular crowd. Ronald becomes the envy of the school and, eventually, he and Cindy start dating for real. However, as the relationship blossoms, Ronald begins to lose sight of who he is and what he really wants, leading to a critical moment where he has to decide what is more important: love or popularity.

Throughout the movie, Ronald finds himself in various awkward situations, while Cindy tries to balance her love for Ronald with her social status. The movie highlights the fact that, in high school, money and popularity can sometimes buy you anything, but can't always buy you love.

The movie was highly praised for its depiction of high-school social dynamics and the character development of Ronald Miller. The movie also received acclaim for its soundtrack, which includes the title track "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles, as well as songs from The Four Tops, The Go-Go's, and other popular 1980s artists.

Patrick Dempsey's portrayal of Ronald Miller was considered one of his breakthrough performances, and Amanda Peterson's portrayal of Cindy Mancini won over audiences with her charm and wit. Courtney Gains's performance as the school bully, Kenneth Wurman, also received positive reviews.

Can't Buy Me Love is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today. Its timeless message of true love conquering all, irrespective of social status, has made it a popular choice for high-school-themed movies. This feel-good movie is perfect for a romantic evening in, and its memorable moments and iconic soundtrack are sure to make it a memorable experience for anyone who watches it.

Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 36.

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    1 hr 34 min
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    6.8  (40,768)
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