Movie Reviews: Love Don't Cost A Thing




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     Warner Bros. (1 hr. 45 min.)
     A nerdy teenage boy hires a popular cheerleader to pose as his girlfriend.
     Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Kal Penn, Steve Harvey
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Giving further credence that Hollywood would rather recycle a premise than to give any thought to an original idea, comes "Love Don't Cost a Thing" a remake of 1987’s nerd gets popular girl flick "Can't Buy Me Love."

The one redeeming quality of "Love Don't Cost a Thing" is it doesn’t have the cynical edge of "Can't Buy Me Love" which made it an uneven picture. And Nick Cannon and Christina Milian’s natural appealing nature makes the lightweight plot easier to swallow.

Cannon (in his second starring role) plays Alvin Johnson a nerdy senior high student that doesn't have a clue about dating. When school cheerleader Paris Morgan (Milian) turns up at the auto body shop where Alvin works needing emergency body work on her mom’s SUV, Alvin volunteers speed up the process if Paris agrees to date him for two weeks.

Paris gives Alvin a complete wardrobe makeover and it isn’t long before Alvin (with Paris on his arm) is venturing into school hallways where nerds are not allowed. Alvin’s sudden popularity goes to his head, as he forgets his old friends and values. With Paris’ help, Alvin learns that he doesn’t need fake bravado to be accepted in high school. At the end of the day, the characters of "Love Don't Cost a Thing" are kinder, gentler and have better value system than characters in the original film.



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