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Love Don't Cost a Thing

Love Don't Cost a Thing
Love Don't Cost a Thing
Love Don't Cost a Thing
  • PG-13
  • 1h 41m
  • 2003
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Brilliant, likable high school outcast Alvin Johnson makes a deal with the most popular girl, Paris Morgan, when she wrecks her mother's car: Alvin will secretly fix her mother's car if Paris agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend. Paris reluctantly agrees. After she gives Alvin a much-needed makeover, he begins to behave differently, becoming an insensitive jerk like all the other guys. Can Alvin rein in his newfound ego before he loses his true friends, an opportunity for a scholarship ... and a chance for a real relationship with Paris?
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A stale, unnecessary remake of Can't Buy Me Love.
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Mark Collette

High school films don't have to be dull or juvenile; this one suffers tremendously from the former.

June 21, 2017
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Mark Palermo

It isn't entertaining enough to get away with its minimal contributions to familiar material.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Missed opportunity full of dubious messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are plenty of flinch-inducing situations including one where Al's father pressures his son to have sex without any regard to his son's emotional maturity or to the strength of the relationship his son might have. The most painful of these scenes involves Mr. Johnson demonstrating how to put a condom on a bottle with one hand while keeping the attention of an imaginary girlfriend. Young men are repeatedly told that they should be "players", not respecting their female counterparts as people but seeing them instead as objects. Finally, the movie seems to buy into a high school notion of merit, with a person's worth measured by who they are dating and which expensive labels they wear.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:December 12, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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