Love Dont Cost A Thing
In this remake of the 1987 Can’t Buy Me Love, the main characters are African-Americans. The story begins in a racially blended California high school where students of mixed races get along great, but rich and poor students do not mingle. It’s the “elites” versus the “zeroes.” So poor-boy Alvin Johnson (Nick Cannon) hires a rich, gorgeous student named Paris (Christina Milian) to be his girlfriend for two weeks so that he can become popular. The ploy works like a well-tuned engine, and engines are what Alvin knows best. Meanwhile, Alvin’s father, Clarence (Steve Harvey), does all that he can to re-live his glory days as a ladies man through his son. Before buying the girlfriend, Alvin was on track to win an auto-mechanic engineering scholarship. With his money running out, he must decide what’s more important: true friendships and the scholarship or the attention of the popular crowd.
Love Don’t Cost a Thing is filled with positive themes: money can’t buy real relationships, popularity has its negatives, loyal friendship is superior to acceptance by the “in” crowd, and people should be true to themselves and pursue their potential. But mixed in with the good values are some degrading elements. It is true that love cannot be bought, but the rest of what this movie is asking viewers to buy — especially the sexual content and humor — is not worth much.