Can’t Buy Me Love

“Cards with the tards. Who could beat a night of cards, chips, dips and dorks?”

When it comes to 80s high school flicks, ‘Written by Michael Swerdlick and directed by Steve Rash’ doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Written and directed by John Hughes’, but hey, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be awesome.

In August 1987, Debbie Gibson was working her way up the pop charts, 21 Jump Street was the big new thing on TV, and a cute little movie about a dork who buys himself a girlfriend opened in theaters across the country.

Starring relative unknowns Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson, Can’t Buy Me Love told the tale of ultra-popular cheerleader Cindy Mancini and ultra-geeky astronomy nerd Ronald (or ‘Donald’ to Cindy) Miller.

Sick of being a outcast, Ronald had a crazy idea– spend $1000 that he’d saved up by mowing lawns and buy himself a girlfriend (and at least a month or so of popularity.)

Yeah, let’s just say it looked good on paper. My man, you shoulda just gone ahead and bought that telescope.

Sure, Ronnie had an awesome little ride for a while, but then it all came crashing down… hard. Dude, it was brutal.

Though savaged by critics at the time, Can’t Buy Me Love has since gone on to earn true ‘classic’ status… Admit it, you’ve stopped to watch it (probably more than once) when you’re flipping through the channels.

From the African Anteater Ritual to “You shit on my house!”, from the Airplane Graveyard to Gerardo’s bit part (yes, ol’ Rico Suave himself), from a very young Seth Green to “Quinton is in! Let the fun begin!”, you can’t get much better when it comes to 80s high school movies… with or without John Hughes.

We ♥ Can’t Buy Me Love.

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~ by weheart80s on April 5, 2010.

One Response to “Can’t Buy Me Love”

  1. […] all began in the summer of 1987. As we’ve already discussed, Can’t Buy Me Love was getting ready to hit theaters, and one of our favorite shows, […]

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