Flashback Friday- Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that love is not something that can normally be found by using a credit card.

The Beatles 1964 song, Can’t Buy Me Love is also the name of a 1987 high school comedy starring Patrick Dempsey and Cindy Mancini.

Ronald Miller (Dempsey) is your average high school nerd. Awkward and unpopular, he is at the very bottom of the high school social strata. To achieve popularity, he pays Amanda Peterson (Mancini) to go out with him for one month to appear that he is no longer the uncool nerd that his classmates assumed him to be. He becomes popular, but as the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold.

The movie is full on 1980’s. But there is a truth to the underlying message that being yourself is more important than appealing to those who look down on you.

In 2003, the movie was remade into Love Don’t Cost A Thing. The title again borrows from another popular song, Jennifer Lopez’s Love Don’t Cost A Thing.

Stepping into the shoes of Patrick Dempsey and Cindy Mancini are Nick Cannon and Christina Milian.

The only difference between this film and it’s predecessor is the racially diverse cast and the then updated references. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same film.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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