Can't Buy Me Love (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Can't Buy Me Love1987

Can't Buy Me Love (1987)




Critic Consensus: While Can't Buy Me Love gets some value out of its plucky leads, this romantic comedy struggles to find grace in a cynical conceit that belongs in the bargain bin.

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Ronald Miller is tired of being a nerd and makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the "cool" clique. He offers her $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. It succeeds, but he soon learns that the price of popularity may be higher than he expected.

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Patrick Dempsey
as Ronald Miller
Amanda Peterson
as Cindy Mancini
Courtney Gains
as Kenneth Wurman
Seth Green
as Chuckie Miller
Tina Caspary
as Barbara
Sharon Farrell
as Mrs. Mancini
Dennis Dugan
as David Miller
Cloyce Morrow
as Judy Miller
as Meredith/Freshman
Steve Franken
as Moda Clerk
George Gray III
as Bobby Hilton
Jan Rooney
as Mrs. Hagmer
James Gooden
as Mr. Wurman
Erin O'Flaherty
as Jr. Wurman
Ty Gray
as Duane
Will Hannah
as Camera Salesman
Todd Walsh
as Stocky Jones
Wayne Chandler
as African Host
Corissa Miller
as Transfer Girl
Lisa Givens
as Bambi La Brock
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Critic Reviews for Can't Buy Me Love

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

A slight but not unenjoyable movie.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

As written by Michael Swerdlick and guided by Rash, the theme dissolves into a bland parody of pubescent pain.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It doesn't have a thought in its head and probably no notion of the corruption at its core.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

...a mostly watchable comedy that benefits substantially from the affable work of its two stars...

March 6, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Its conformist happy ending negates the initial nonconformist feeling of the original premise. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Can't Buy Me Love

This movie has always been a favourite of mine. I realise it's not technically a *great* movie, but it is so 80's and has a great message about being true to yourself. It also shows the triviality of being popular in high school. Amanda Peterson and Patrick Dempsey are perfectly cast. Amanda still looks beautiful in her 80's get up, even by today's standards. There's also a very young Seth Green as the annoying little brother. I remember this was one of the very first movies I ever rented, on VHS, back in the day. We weren't well off growing up, so I was 14 before we ever got a VHS recorder. Renting a movie was such a treat and I remember being so excited to see this. (Okay, sad childhood. Lol). I guess that also adds to my affection for this movie, but I think it really is a decent teen movie. Anyone who likes a good teen or 80's movie should enjoy it.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Silly, but that bring an old nostalgic feeling.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

African Anteater Ritual...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a classic 80s comedy, and Patrick Dempsey was so cute in this and Amanda Peterson was adorable as well !!! :) Just great! An 80s classic! :) Love it! (:

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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