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  Movie Review for Love Don't Cost a Thing

Movie Review for
Love Don't Cost a Thing



Love Don't Cost a Thing
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63 Reviews total.

Release date: 12/12/2003
Run length: 101 mins.
Categories: Comedy , Romance , Remake , Teen

Summary: With his head always buried in a book or under the hood of a car, Alvin has spent the last three years of high school grinding away at his studies and working as a pool boy to earn extra cash. No doubt, Alvin’s focus has paid off: he’s finally saved enough Benjamins to finish building an engine he designed--an engine that’s going to win him a much-needed college scholarship. But while Alvin is off the charts academically…socially, he’s a big phat zero. Invisible to the “Elites,” the school’s designer label-sporting in-crowd, Alvin spends his Saturday nights playing cards with his equally dorky friends and watching home basketball games from the visitors section. It doesn’t help that Alvin is a bit of a disappointment to his father Clarence, an old school player who longs to re-live his glory days as a ladies man through his impossibly shy son. As he enters his senior year, Alvin is jonesing to kick his nerdy persona to the curb and somehow become cool enough to chill with ultra-popular students like Paris Morgan, the hottest girl in school and queen of the Elites. When Paris accidentally wrecks her mother’s Cadillac Escalade, Alvin seizes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and engineers a plan to launch him from pariah to player. He presents her with a simple deal: in exchange for Alvin laying down the cash and fixing her mother’s car, Paris will fake a front--pretend to date him--and ensure his entrée into the ranks of the school’s elite. Desperate to get the car fixed before her mother finds out about the accident, Paris reluctantly agrees to Alvin’s plan.

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing

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Marjorie Baumgarten of Austin Chronicle (7/0)
            Another uninspired remake of a movie that was never crying out for revisitation in the first plac...

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Wesley Morris of Boston Globe (7/0)
            ...transparent as a work of opportunistic cultural politicking.

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (6/1)
            It has better values than the original, a little more poignancy, some sweetness.

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Allison Benedikt of Chicago Tribune (7/0)
            Cannon is an uncomfortable presence on screen, both as the dorky Alvin and as his transformed sel...

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Allison Benedikt of Chicago Tribune (7/0)
            ...lame...

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Margaret A. McGurk of Cincinnati Enquirer (7/0)
            ...an entertaining and light-hearted teen romance.

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Mark Palermo of Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (6/1)
            It isnt entertaining enough to get away with its minimal contributions to familiar material.

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John J. Puccio of DVDTown.com (7/0)
            ...the movie borders on cruelty to its audience.

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Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly (7/0)
            You realize you're watching a snuff film, where the victim isn't just teen innocence but teen rom...

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Walter Chaw of Film Freak Central (7/0)
            Ah, true equality: not being held to a higher standard and, accordingly, producing the same kind ...

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David Noh of Film Journal International (7/0)
            Cheaply shot and there is nothing fresh or very funny going on here.

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James Brundage of filmcritic.com (7/0)
            it just ain't right

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Todd Gilchrist of FilmStew.com (7/0)
            As its $6.5 million take at the box office this weekend proves, even the equivalent of a bad TV m...

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MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher (7/0)
            Shallow, fickle people doing stupid things... and those are the characters were supposed to be r...

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Eric Lurio of Greenwich Village Gazette (7/0)
            Wait until it gets on cable.

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Michael Rechtshaffen of Hollywood Reporter (7/0)
            The production is a haphazard rendering of the original Michael Swerdlick script that's incapable...

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Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews (7/0)
            With jaw-dropping beauty, Christina Milian electrifies the screen.

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Bob Bloom of Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) (7/0)
            For the most part, the characters and situations are stock and cliched.

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Ernest Hardy of L.A. Weekly (7/0)
            Short on charm, purpose or laughs.

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Kevin Thomas of Los Angeles Times (7/0)
            One of those rare films about teenagers that tries to be both sassy and sweet -- and succeeds on ...

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Ken Hanke of Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) (7/0)
            Love may not cost a thing, but this movie'll cost you the price of a ticket -- and more of your t...

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Jeffrey Westhoff of Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) (7/0)
            If you remake a mediocre movie, you get another mediocre movie.

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Tyler Hanley of Palo Alto Weekly (7/0)
            The African-American film community deserves better than a mediocre comedy pulled from the cinema...

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Cynthia Fuchs of PopMatters (7/0)
            The predominant image that emerges from Troy Beyers' Love Don't Cost a Thing is Steve Harvey's te...

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Linda Cook of Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) (7/0)
            Here's another needless remake that's a shadow of the original.

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Timothy Knight of Reel.com (7/0)
            Predictable hijinks ensue between the mismatched couple en route to the sappily romantic fade-out...

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James Berardinelli of ReelViews (7/0)
            An atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.

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Jim Lane of Sacramento News & Review (7/0)
            This hip-hop flavored remake of 1987's Can't Buy Me Love is woefully botched on every level.

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Carla Meyer of San Francisco Chronicle (7/0)
            ...mildly entertaining...

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Sean Axmaker of Seattle Post-Intelligencer (7/0)
            Love Don't Cost suffers from split personality...

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Nick Schager of Slant Magazine (7/0)
            Its unclear why a remake of 1987s Cant Buy Me Love was necessary.

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Tony Toscano of Talking Pictures (U.S.) (7/0)
            Rent the original instead.

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Dustin Putman of TheMovieBoy.com (7/0)
            Rotten to the core and misogynistic in the extreme.

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Angel Cohn of TV Guide's Movie Guide (7/0)
            All the money in the world couldn't have saved actress-turned- filmmaker Troy Beyer's lewd, obnox...

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Robert Koehler of Variety (7/0)
            Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original.

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Laura Sinagra of Village Voice (7/0)
            Since Cannon and Milian have to squash any frisson to avoid sinking into pure escort-service slea...

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Stephen Hunter of Washington Post (7/0)
            This variation certainly makes its points effectively, in what must be a more superheated milieu.

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Daniel M. Kimmel of Worcester Telegram & Gazette (7/0)
            [I]t's hard to see any crying need to remake a film that was tacky the last time around, or to ma...

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Dave Kehr of New York Times (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            There are unlearned lessons, too, including the one about the propriety of a teenage girl's enter...

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Dave Kehr of New York Times (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            ...Ms. Beyer's direction, apart from a few over-weighted Wellesian camera angles, is functional.

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James Hill of BET.com (3/4) No reference
            Cannon doesn't play the new Alvin as just cool, but as a bad caricature of cool - like a White gu...

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Tim Cogshell of Boxoffice Magazine (3/4) No reference
            It's still a simplistic teen morality play dressed in Sean John and spoken in hip-hop lingo.

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (3/4) No reference
            ...sweet and kind of touching, and I liked it.

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Erich Scholz of Citysearch (3/4) No reference
            This breezy remake of the 1987 film Can't Buy Me Love is so lightweight it threatens to float off...

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Michael Booth of Denver Post (3/4) No reference
            This teen ugly-duckling comedy can't rise above the level of your average TV sitcom.

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Lou Lumenick of E! Online (3/4) No reference
            Low-budget dreck.

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Kevin Carr of Film Threat (3/4) No reference
            I found it cute. There are some rough spots, of course, but the movie has a lot of heart.

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Guylaine Cadorette of Hollywood.com (3/4) No reference
            Love Don't Cost a Thing, an comedy inspired by the 1987 teen romance Can't Buy Me Love, demonstra...

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Liz Braun of Jam! Movies (3/4) No reference
            It involves stereotypical characters, amateurish filmmaking and a really shopworn story.

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Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly (3/4) No reference
            It's a sweet story with its heart in the right place, and that's saying something for a teen movi...

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Nell Minow of Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies (6/1) No reference
            Awkward and unpleasant, even smarmy, particularly offensive in a movie for this age group.

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Michael Elliott of Movie Parables (6/1) No reference
            Everything about Love Don't Cost a Thing feels familiar and stale.

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Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News (3/4) No reference
            Where the original was slight but sweet, the remake is depressingly superficial and cynical.

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Lisa Rose of Newark Star-Ledger (3/4) No reference
            Nothing more than a cynical attempt to dress a blah story in bling-bling fashion.

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Gene Seymour of Newsday (3/4) No reference
            The direction is pedestrian and slipshod.

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Roger Moore of Orlando Sentinel (3/4) No reference
            A charmless, Afro-centric spin on Can't Buy Me Love.

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Ted Fry of Seattle Times (6/1) No reference
            The blandly obvious story of high-school romance and the venal, materialistic, self-involved teen...

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Josh Larsen of Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) (3/4) No reference
            ...sometimes nostalgia should remain unexplored.

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Susan Walker of Toronto Star (3/4) No reference
            A movie as forgettable as the original.

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Mark Collette of Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) (3/4) No reference
            High school films don't have to be dull or juvenile; this one suffers tremendously from the forme...

                         Reviews of Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Michael Szymanski of Zap2it.com (6/1) No reference
            If you tried to be in the "in" crowd -- then this is going to be even more painful. In fact, eve...

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James Berardinelli of ReelViews (3/4) Not Reachable
            ...an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) of St. Paul Pioneer Press (3/4) Not Reachable
            This awkwardly directed version takes way too long to get where we knew it was going the whole ti...

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