Romantic Teen Comedy. In this modern update of the classic 1987 teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love, our hero is high-school senior Alvin Johnson (Nick Cannon), a brilliant, likable outcast who has come to regret the years of in... more »tellectual endeavors that prevented him and his un-hip friends from socializing, getting girlfriends and hanging out with the super-cool "Elite" kids. When queen of the Elites, Paris Morgan (Christina Milian) wrecks her mother's car, Alvin steps in and mortgages his future to help her out. The catch: In exchange for $1500 in car parts and Alvin's automotive expertise, Paris agrees to "fake a front" with him to convince the school that they're dating. The question is: can Alvin rein in his newfound ego before he loses his true friends, his chance for a scholarship and a shot at a real relationship with Paris?DVD Features:
Alternate endings:Paris takes center stage in a surprise alternate ending
Documentary:Marvelous making-of documentary
Music Video:2 Music Videos: "Shorty (Put it on the Floor)" by platinum selling rap stars Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Fat Joe and film star Nick Cannon "Luv Me Baby" by Murphy Lee
"The best way to describe this movie is cute. Alvin is a part-time pool cleaner who can fix cars and is not a part of the in crowd. The nerd has a serious crush on Paris (recording artist Christina Millian) but knows he has no chance to get with the popular girl. Not to mention Paris is dating NBA player Drew, despite the fact that he is playing her by cheating on her and claiming he is single on national TV. Alvin is working on a project that can help him get a scholarship. Paris crashes her Moms Escalade. To fix the damage will cost $1,500. Alvin has the money and he offers to pay for the parts needed if she will be his girlfriend to help him get popular.
Alvin's father (Steve Harvey) is stuck in the 70's. He loved himself some Al Green, and the plastic covered furniture brought back some memories!!! I never heard of a school having a popular hallway before. That was very unusual to me.
Paris helps Alvin change his image buy changing his hair and helping him pick out new clothing. "Urkel has gone gangster", when his younger sister seems him walk into the house all transformed.
Alvin is so into his new popular friends his old buddies feel left out and turn away from him. Alvin enjoys being popular but to Paris being popular is nothing but work. Paris finds herself liking Alving to her surprise. She can talk to him, and he understands her wanting to have a "normal life" and he finds the fact that she can write poetry and play guitar interesting while her friends feel she should focus on eventually marrying her rich NBA playa boyfriend.
Turns out popularity comes with a price. As different as Paris and Alvin were, turned out they were the same. Trying to be something they were not. You get that much from watching the film.
My one problem with the movie was the scene where father does the right of passage with the condoms. Telling Alvin his main goal should be scratching the kitty kat really annoyed me. On one hand I was glad he had the safe sex talk, but we all know if the tables had been turned and his daughter was about to go on a date he would have been installing "kitty kat" devices to keep the boys away!!!! He did not need to be telling his son about motions in the ocean!!!
Aside of that I did enjoy the film. The nerdy guy gets the popular girl. It's worth a watch. "
Not that bad!
RobCarSales | Brunswick,GA | 12/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a modern day remake of "Can't Buy Me Love".Obviously you shouldn't go in expecting Oscar caliber performances...but I can say that the movie wasn't that bad! It had some moments,every scene Steve Harvey was in,was hilarious! If you are of the younger crowd you will enjoy the movie,just kick back and relax,take it for what it is...a funny,highschool flick.The soundtrack for the film was pretty good as well if you are into hip hip."
"Love may not cost a thing, but this movie does and its not worth it. The male character goes from erkel to puff doody overnight and is never likeable. Why the hot chick goes for him after all the stupid stuff he pulls is beyond comprehension. Stereotypes abound in this movie and none of them add anything to the humorless wreck. At the end I felt sorry for the nice selfless cheerleader (one non-stereotype anyway) who ends up with the goofy jerk in the end."
A good remake of Can't buy me LOVE!!!!
thatboyK | adfsadfsfsafsad | 05/21/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you seen the original Cant buy me love then you should know what to expect.Nick Cannon plays as Alvin whos a outsider and wants to become populuar with the rest of the cool kidsChristina Milian who plays Paris is the hottest girl at the school,rich,sexy,hot man im about to break a sweat!!She crash her mom car and Alvin pays for the cost but in one condition that she pretends to be his girl for 2 weeks.Overal the movie is very good I like it alot and it teaches you alot especially being yourself.Overal just buy it you wont be disapointted."
Beware Drumline fans although its mildly entertaining
souldrummer | Washington, DC United States | 12/30/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film gets a mixed review at best from me. I check out films like this with my goddaughter who is 11. I loved Drumline and thought Cannon was pretty good in it. I believe he does some cable stuff on TV and I thought that I would be okay taking an 11 year old to this movie.The film has a good message and predictably marches along its path. Nick Cannon's transformation is kind of abrupt. From Poolboy to trendsetter the events that transformed him seemed kind of abrupt. The big deal for me was there was an ongoing condom theme in the flick that caught me off guard. I don't think it was in the promos and I felt somewhat misled. I would not advise any parents to let their young kids watch this movie unless kids understand what condoms are and I wouldn't watch this with your kids unless you are prepared to have that discussion.I have mixed feelings about that being a major joke in a PG-13 movie. On the one hand, I think adult themes should go under the radar and not be easily understood by kids or have questionable language. On the other hand there are far too many PG-13 movies that have borderline explicit sexuality without addressing safe sex. I don't know whether I should be thankful to this movie for catalyzing that discussion or angry at it for sneaking it under the radar.Outside of that, I was mildly entertained in a predictable flick. The themes were positive and there are good messages about friendship and the dangers of popularity for teenagers. I believe there are better urban flicks out there for the 9-13 age bracket and I'll be on the lookout for them. This probably a good flick for teenagers in high school.2.5 stars