Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

Steve Rash directs Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson and Courtney Gains in this teen romantic comedy where a geek hires the head cheerleader as his girlfriend for the month in the hope of boosting his popularity.

The original title of this was Boy Rents Girl. They may have changed the tasteless name but they can’t change the yucky vibe. The pacing is off, with the charmless Dempsey becoming the near sole focus of the film in the second half. Very hard to care about his eventual rejection by the other obnoxious airheads… and the last minute reconciliation with Peterson’s hottie feels hollow and unearned.


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