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Love Don't Cost a Thing2003

Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)



Critic Consensus: A stale, unnecessary remake of Can't Buy Me Love.

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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 know, being popular isn't all its cracked up to be. Kal Penn and Steve Harvey co-star.

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Nick Cannon
as Alvin Johnson
Christina Milian
as Paris Morgan
Steve Harvey
as Clarence Johnson
Kal Penn
as Kenneth
Nichole Robinson
as Yvonne Freeman
Melissa Schuman
as Zoe Parks
Gay Thomas Wilson
as Judy Morgan
Elimu Nelson
as Dru Hilton
Stuart Scott
as Himself
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Vivian Johnson
Ashley Monique Clark
as Aretha Johnson
Nicole Scherzinger
as Champagne Girl
Maria Carmen
as Chemistry Teacher
Damon Butler
as Martial Arts Mambo Instructor
Shani Pride
as Jasmine
as Drill Team Member
Kelly Becerra
as Drill Team Member
Lindsey Blaufarb
as Drill Team Member
Crystal Colar
as Drill Team Member
Rocio Mendoza
as Drill Team Member
Ben Stephens
as Jock No. 1
Dante Basco
as Spoken-Word Artist
Charles Owen Hobaugh
as Jazz Musician
Ralph Scherer
as Poetry Reader
Shvona Lavette Williams
as Guitar Playing Vocalist
George Cedar
as Old Man
Jackie Benoit
as Old Lady
Jordan Burg
as Little Boy
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Critic Reviews for Love Don't Cost a Thing

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (30)

Missed opportunity full of dubious messages.

December 25, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original.

December 23, 2003

Another uninspired remake of a movie that was never crying out for revisitation in the first place.

December 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

December 16, 2003 | Full Review…

... dopey sit com stuff ...

December 15, 2003 | Full Review…

It has better values than the original, a little more poignancy, some sweetness.

December 13, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Don't Cost a Thing


I don't know what it is about the flu that always seems to result in me thinking it's a good idea to watch something I have previously avoided like the plague. Maybe knowing full well I will be asleep by half way through it anyhow. Unfortunately I didn't fall asleep watching this. I wish I had. Horrible remake of an all time favourite 80's movie "Can't buy me love". Christina Milian is not too bad, but the rest are atrocious. The guy is so hammy, and the crude talk with his father. ugh.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


This story is about "wanna-be" of a boy and the same old ending that fakers never win or fit in to whatever they wish for. This was okay.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

This was actually a good movie of its genre...Come on, its a teen movie and what actually do you expect? Pretty good stuff. Have a look at more of Nick Cannons films,(Drum line/Bobbie) hes pretty good.

Miriam Kline
Miriam Kline

Super Reviewer

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