A high school loser pays a cheerleader to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool.


Troy Byer (as Troy Beyer)


Michael Swerdlick (screenplay "Can't Buy Me Love"), Troy Byer (screenplay) (as Troy Beyer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cannon ... Alvin Johnson
Jordan Burg Jordan Burg ... Little Boy
Jackie Benoit Jackie Benoit ... Old Lady
George Cedar George Cedar ... Old Man
Gay Thomas Wilson ... Judy Morgan
Al Thompson ... Ted
Sam Sarpong ... Kadeem
Nichole Galicia ... Yvonne Freeman (as Nichole Robinson)
Melissa Schuman ... Zoe Parks
Imani Parks Imani Parks ... Mia
Ian Chidlaw Ian Chidlaw ... Eddie
J.B. Ghuman Jr. ... JB (as JB Guhman)
Christina Milian ... Paris Morgan
Russell Howard Russell Howard ... Anthony
Elimu Nelson ... Dru Hilton


A high school loser pays a cheerleader to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool.

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Love Don't Co$t A Thing but it pays to be yourself


Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The campus and gym scenes were shot at Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, CA. Other movies such as Coach Carter and American Pie were also shot at this school. See more »


When Paris tells Al, "I wrote those words" she's really saying something else. See more »


Paris Morgan: You know, Al. There's something we've been avoiding all day. Something I think maybe we oughta do.
Alvin Johnson: I think you're right. This may sound kinda silly. How do we do it?
Paris Morgan: [laughs] Well... just go for it. Ya know?
[they turn and look at each other, Paris expecting Al to kiss her]
Alvin Johnson: We'll break up first thing tomorrow morning in the hallway, so everyone can see. I mean make a big scene, but a dignified scene 'cause you know we got to protect our reps.
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Remake of Can't Buy Me Love (1987) See more »


Tired of Being Alone
Written by Al Green
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
Under License From EMI Film & Television Music
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AKA Another Swap Meet Copy
26 January 2004 | by steve_w_foxSee all my reviews

Do you remember the 80's? Did you collect Garbage Pail Kids while the NKOTB-buttoned girls played Care Bears and Kid Sister?

If you did, then there's a chance you had to suffer through quite a few 80's films.. Or rather, it felt like you were being made to suffer, way back when.

We're a little older now, maybe more mature and hopefully a little more open to rediscovering the 80's.

"Can't Buy Me Love" is an 80's masterpiece I still enjoy today. Dempsey's nasal sonnets, his little brother's hustles and their parents' 30-something attitude to everything are classic. Ranked up there with "Weird Science", "Real Genius" and "Raising Arizona", the original tested the times while paving new ground.

"Love Don't Cost A Thing" is a paycheck for the producers whose idea of a good time must be making K-Mart xerox copies of ideas they wished they had first.

If they have a Triple-Gold Globe Awards for the likes of Master P and Snoop's acting quality, I'll make sure to steal a cell phone and call the 900 number that gives your ghetto fabulous trash 5 Bling-Blings and two slaps across your face on GP, Uuuugh.

This 'Movie' is hard to flush, let alone swallow.

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Release Date:

12 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Co$t a Thing See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,315,311, 14 December 2003

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Aspect Ratio:

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