Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Directed by Steve Rash
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Seth Green, Courtney Gains
Ronald Miller (Dempsey) mows lawns. One of those lawns belongs to Cindy Mancini (Peterson) and her family. She’s popular and involved, everything Ronald hopes for in a girl, and everything he’s not. When her mistake gives him the leverage, Ronald uses his lawn mowing money to buy her time. Now she’s contracted to be his girlfriend and get him involved with the popular crowds at school. As he adjusts to his new-found popularity, Ronald changes in ways he never imagined. All the money in the world might not buy what he’s really looking for.
I love the eighties, the clothing, the music, and especially the movies. This movie is one of many that has just enough eighties charm to stay enjoyable. Director Steve Rash (Son in Law) did his best work with this film. Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy, Valentine’s Day) is the most recognizable face in this romantic comedy. Opposite Dempsey is Amanda Peterson who got her major breakthrough in the classic film version of Annie. It’s really fun seeing a very young Seth Green (Family Guy) in this one as well.
It’s easy to criticize movies from 25 years ago, so I’ll skip that. If you’re hooked on HD, CGI, Real3D I suggest moving on to something else. This is a good time movie with some silly moments that I really love.
This movie has some really funny scenes and a lot of very dated clothing. The story, however, is a pretty decent one. Despite being over 25 years old, this story was still entertaining. It’s not a serious film, but seriously, you should see this one. If you’re a child of the eighties you might enjoy this more than most, but I think it might appeal to just about anyone who likes goofy romantic comedies. I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.