Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
I liked this movie. I'm glad I saw it when I did, there are too many out there now.
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Christi B. from DENISON, TX Reviewed on 2/17/2012...
i saw a bit of the begining and a bit of the end on tv n it looked good n i might get it on dvd if i can find it but 2 b honest im 5 staring it cuz of the beatles song at the end lol
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You Can't Buy Love, But You Can Buy This Movie
Luis Hernandez | New York, New York, USA | 08/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amusing story of a nerdy high school student Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) who discovers that becoming popular isn't the greatest thing in the world. After she accidentally ruins her mother's suede dress with some wine, Cyndi, the most popular girl at school (played wonderfully by Amanda Petersen) will do anything to replace it before her mother gets back from her trip.Enter Ronald. After seeing her desperate attempt to replace the dress at the mall, Ronald makes a deal with Amanda. He'll use the money that he has earned all summer by mowing lawns to buy a new dress, in return for Amanda's help in turning him to Mr. popularity.Along the way, Ronnie learns lessons about the true value of having real friends, and towards the end of the movie Ronald discovers that he is still himself. This film, which is no longer produced by Touchstone Video (a division of the Disney Corporation) features many couple of stars before they hit it big. Gerardo, the Latin-singing star who scored a one-hit wonder with "Rico Suave," plays one of the football jocks in the film. However, the real scene-stealer in this film is Seth Green ("Austin Powers"; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" "Can't Hardly Wait") who plays Ronald's annoying, yet hysterical little brother, Chuckie. By taking a look at Seth in this past role you can understand why he is such a big star today. He is always a trip when it comes to comedic performances.I loved this film for many reasons, but I think the most memorable scene in this film probably has to be Ronald learning an African dance he saw on television (he thought he was watching "American Bandstand"). After learning it, Ronald performs it at the big dance, not knowing that it would become a huge hit. This film ranks among the 10 best teenage comedies produced in the 1980's. Let's only hope that it will be re-released on video and DVD in the near future."
A classic of the "Teen 80s"
Chris C. | Cordova, South Carolina United States | 11/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes this movie covered ground that was covered a million times it seems in the 80s teen genre. Nerdy guy wants popular girl, nerdy guy with help from everything from divine intervention(Heavenly Kid) to flatout pay her. Can't buy me love would be in the latter category. The movie is one of the only ones to cast a "nerdy" looking guy to the role of the heartsick geek. Patrick Dempsey fits this role to a T. Amanda Peterson(fairly unknown, but great job) is great as the unattainable high school goddess. The supporting cast were notable for their sheer obnoxiousness. It is hard to like any of them. For those who liked Geraldo(the singer) look for him as one of these. The basic synopsis of the movie is Ronald(nerd) wants Cindy(Head cheerleader). But unlike most movies in the genre, Ronald is not motivated by affection for Cindy. He seems most motivated by that ever illusive "popularity". The entrepaneur nerd raises 1000 dollars for a summer of lawn mowing, and offers the money to Cindy in exchange for the appearance of them "going out". Of course as with most movies he loses his old friends, gains the newer ones, and becomes instant "most desired on campus" when he convinces Cindy to take the job. Of course in the end, Cindy and ronald see the error of their ways and hook up.Although this movie is typical of its genre, it stands out for its good natured tone. Yes there is the usual geek harrassment, but the movie uses very little vulger language etc. Normally this would not be a good thing to me, but the movie is just too pleasant to not like. The characters are all one dimensional.. but somehow they fit. There is the annoying kid brother(played by a young Seth Green), the clueless parents, and of course the superficial classmates. But these characters play their sterotypical roles so well... that they actually are very entertaining. The movie is hard to find, but its definatley worth a rent at the video store. You won't get that witty, beyond their years intellect that oozes from lots of current teen comedies, but you will get a cool story that will make ya root for Dempsey and Peterson in the end and wanting something bad to happen to the rest. Next time you have rented all the new releases at Blockbuster... pick this one up."
Best 80's movie made going to DVD
bob jones | Tucson, AZ | 02/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An 80's teen romantic comedy that you can watch over and over again. There is more to the story being told than money cant buy you love. I think a deeper message to this story is no matter how life changes and the world around you changes dont get caught up in all. Stay who you are and true to yourself and everything will work out in the end. On another note Im very happy that Buena Vista Home Entertainment is finally going to put this movie out on DVD this summer. So to all of you Can't Buy Me Love fans out there lets hope they include some special features. I myself would love to hear a commentary from Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson and some deleated scenes. There is not much info from Buena Vista other than its being released this summer. ..."
My favorite movie!!!
Carrie | IN, United States | 02/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i ran into this movie on tbs when i was on vacation this august. i was too busy to watch the whole thing.. but what i did see, i totally liked! it was weird that i saw it on that day because it was the same day that it was released on dvd! i was so happy! if u like 80's movies.. u are in for a treat. after i saw this movie i got a big crush on patrick dempsey.... old or young.. he just looks great! u must see this movie! go buy or rent it now!"
From totally geek, to totally chic...
Steven Cain | Temporal Quantum Pocket | 09/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can only vouch for the VHS version, but this movie is a total classic. While it has a solid message about the futility of popularity and the innate human urge to make tribal judgements about others, it is also a delicious piece of entertainment.Pat Dempsey gives a stellar performance as Ronald McDonald Miller, the RoboNerd who fakes his way into the fast lane, and Amanda Peterson proves she is more than just serious eye candy with a sensitive and intelligent portrayal of the head cheerleader and Ron's dream girl. Yet in spite of a brilliant performance in a very very hip teen movie, Amanda didn't seem to do any films worth a dang after this classic. What an outrageous waste of talent.The excellent supporting cast, script and John Hughes quality direction make Can't Buy Me Love one of the most refreshing and intelligently "feel good" movies of all time. LOVE the ending."