Can't Buy Me Love

Movie review by Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Dated '80s teen comedy has cursing, sex, stereotypes.

PG-13 1987 94 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 17+

Disagree with some of this review

While I think some of the ratings for this review are accurate I disagree that there are no Positive Messages. This movie has a VERY positive message for teens. The whole purpose of this movie is to demonstrate that student cliques are limiting for kids. The movie is about a nerdy boy (Ronald) who pays a pretty girl (Cindy) to help make him popular and discovers popularity comes with a price. At one point in the film Cindy tells Ronald that it is a lot of work to keep up appearances and that she can't even be herself around her friends (She writes poetry, but can't really share it with her friends ). The movie also shows some typical stereotypes of popular "dumb jocks" and cheerleaders who don't care about much, but it does make the point that being popular doesn't offer a lot of depth. Finally, in the process of trying to be popular, Ronald loses all his friends who liked him for who he was and makes a touching speech toward the end of the movie about friendships in elementary school vs. friendships in high school. I think the message about being yourself and not trying to fit into any clique is a very important message for high school kids. I can't believe the reviewers missed this.
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+


very entertaining

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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