Love Don't Cost a Thing (film)

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Love Don't Cost a Thing
Love Don't Cost a Thing Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTroy Beyer
Produced byAndrew Kosove
Broderick Johnson
Mark Burg
Reuben Cannon
Written byMichael Swerdlick
Troy Beyer
StarringNick Cannon
Christina Milian
Kenan Thompson
Kal Penn
Vanessa Bell Calloway
and
Steve Harvey
Music byJohn E. Rhone
Richard Gibbs
CinematographyChuck Cohen
Editing byDavid Codron
StudioAlcon Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)December 12, 2003 (2003-12-12)
Running time101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$21,924,226[1]
 
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Love Don't Cost a Thing
Love Don't Cost a Thing Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTroy Beyer
Produced byAndrew Kosove
Broderick Johnson
Mark Burg
Reuben Cannon
Written byMichael Swerdlick
Troy Beyer
StarringNick Cannon
Christina Milian
Kenan Thompson
Kal Penn
Vanessa Bell Calloway
and
Steve Harvey
Music byJohn E. Rhone
Richard Gibbs
CinematographyChuck Cohen
Editing byDavid Codron
StudioAlcon Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)December 12, 2003 (2003-12-12)
Running time101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$21,924,226[1]

Love Don't Cost a Thing, stylized as Love Don't Co$t a Thing, is a 2003 teen comedy film written and directed by Troy Beyer and starring Nick Cannon and Christina Milian It also stars Steve Harvey, Kenan Thompson and Kal Penn. The film is based on the 1987 film Can't Buy Me Love.

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Plot[edit]

Alvin Johnson (Nick Cannon) is an extremely intelligent nerd under consideration for a General Motors scholarship, as he is skilled in designing engines. However, he's always dreamed of hanging out with the popular kids, especially Paris Morgan (Christina Milian), a beautiful, popular cheerleader dating NBA star Dru Hilton. When Paris crashes her mother's expensive SUV during an argument with Dru, Alvin agrees to repair the car in return for two weeks of dating. Alvin uses money he had saved for his project, jeopardizing his scholarship.

After a few missteps, Alvin begins to integrate himself with the popular crowd. He and Paris grow closer as she shares with him her secret love of music, but Alvin misinterprets her feelings and stages a break-up at the end of two weeks. Alvin continues to grow in popularity, alienating his former nerd friends and dating Paris's friends. At the end of year Senior Ditch Day, Dru returns, but leaves after he finds out Paris had been dating Alvin. In an attempt to get him back, Paris exposes her deal with Alvin to the whole school, returning him to mediocrity.

Alvin's father (Steve Harvey) agrees to pay for the part, explaining to Alvin that he'd supported his sudden transformation because he wanted him to have some of the same experiences he did in high school. At the basketball game, Alvin stands up for his nerd friends against the former jocks. As Paris follows him out, she is stopped by Dru, but Paris blows him off for Alvin and they kiss

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Box office[edit]

The film opened at #4 at the U.S. Box office raking in $6,315,311 USD in its first opening weekend behind Stuck on You, The Last Samurai, and Something's Gotta Give.

Production[edit]

The school scenes were filmed at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California.

Soundtrack[edit]

Love Don't Cost a Thing
Soundtrack album by Various artists
ReleasedDecember 9, 2003
Recorded2003
GenreHip hop, R&B
LabelHollywood

A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on December 9, 2003 by Hollywood Records. It peaked at 22 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and 14 on the Top Soundtracks. Allmusic rated this soundtrack three stars out of five.[2]

  1. "Shorty (Put It on the Floor)"- 4:09 (Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Fat Joe and Nick Cannon)
  2. "Luv Me Baby"- 4:27 (Murphy Lee featuring Jazze Pha and Sleepy Brown)
  3. "Ignition (Remix)- 3:08 (R. Kelly)
  4. "Are You Ready"- 4:13 (Mr. Cheeks)
  5. "Got What It Takes"- 3:00 (Jeannie Ortega)
  6. "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II"- 4:11 (Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy and Pharrell Williams)
  7. "Exgirlfriend"- 4:02 ( Nivea)
  8. "How Far Will You Go"- 3:45 (Ginuwine)
  9. "Comes to Light (Everything)"- 4:48 (Jill Scott)
  10. "Always"- 4:21 (Melissa Schuman)
  11. "Baby Girl"- 4:06 (Joe Budden)
  12. "I Wanna Kiss You"- 4:30 (Nicole Wray)
  13. "We Rise"- 4:04 (Rama Duke)
  14. "Hate 2 Luv U"- 3:29 (3LW)
  15. "She Is"- 3:33 (Hous'ton)
  16. "Spit da Flow"- 3:32 (Cash Take & B. Griffin)

Awards and nominations[edit]

2004 BET Comedy Awards[edit]

2004 Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film has received mostly negative reviews, with a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes and the consensus being, "A stale, unnecessary remake of Can't Buy Me Love." On the contrary, Roger Ebert, film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, gave the film a positive three-star rating after giving the original, Can't Buy Me Love only half a star.

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