Can't Buy Me Love

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Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 film about a guy who is tired of being a nerd, and makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the "cool" clique.

Directed by Steve Rash. Written by Michael Swerdlick.
Ronald is making an investment in his senior year. He's hiring the prettiest cheerleader in school to be his girlfriend.

Ronald Miller[edit]

  • [to Cindy] You can do anything you want, anything you put your heart and mind into!
  • You ignored the Ronald Miller geek for seventeen years, now you want to ride the Ronnie Miller express!
  • [to his dad, about his brother] Here is the primate example. You're raising a doll-chopping homicidal maniac, and what do you do every time you see him? You give him money. Great!
  • [Talking to Cindy outside her house] I need to talk to you. Every time I call, you're either taking a bath, washing your hair or you're out of the country. That was a good one, by the way.
  • Cools, nerds. Your side, my side. Man, it's all bullshit. It's just tough enough to be yourself.

Cindy Mancini[edit]

  • Guys, take a look at my forehead... do you see a sign that says information?
  • [to Ronald] Iris? Oh yeah, she's a big conquest. She's given more rides than Greyhound!
  • [to Ronald] Popularity isn't perfect. I mean, it almost feels like a job sometimes. Do you remember that suede outfit? Yeah, well that was me trying to fit in. I have to work at it, so does everyone else.


  • Chuckie Miller: [about Ronald's card nights] Cards with the tards. Who could beat a night of cards, chips, dips and dorks?
  • Patty: [about Ronald] I mean, he went from totally geek, to totally chic!
  • Patty: [about Ronald] Like we're not supposed to know he's SPYING on us in his SPAZ-mobile.
  • Quint: [walking into the New Year's party] Quinton is in! Let the fun begin!
  • Kenneth: [to Ronald] You shit on my house!
  • Jock: Look - it's a nerd herd!


Patty: Cool outfit!
Barbara: What a severe suede!
Cindy Mancini: You guys, it's no big deal. Bobby sent it to me from Iowa. You know they have fine leathers down there.
Patty: Oh, yeah. The best leathers come from Rome, Paris, and Des Moines!

Ronald Miller: I'm going to a party. John Richmond's, with Cindy Mancini.
Chuckie Miller: Cindy Mancini? Senior, captain of the cheerleaders, most beautiful girl in the history of this county?
Ronald Miller: That's her. Well, I'm late, gotta bolt.
Chuckie Miller: Bolt? Something stinks in suburbia.

Patty: Didn't you like, used to mow our lawn?
Ronald Miller: Yes, and you have the nicest pair of rhododendrons in town!
Patty: Rhodo-who's?
Cindy Mancini: Guys, I'll see you in home ec, OK?
Barbara: What did he say?
Patty: I don't care! Dig on his shirt.

Cindy Mancini: The moon looks different now, it's not as mysterious or romantic as before.
Ronald Miller: I'm sorry I ruined it for you.
Cindy Mancini: You didn't ruin it. You just changed it, I guess.

Cindy Mancini: [to Ronald, after their fake break-up] Whatever happens to your popularity, stay yourself. Don't change to please others.
Ronald Miller: Me, change? Never.

Chuckie Miller: Chillin'!
Ronald's Dad: Shut up, Chuck!
Chuckie Miller: I was talking to Ma!
Ronald's Mom: Shut up, Chuck!

Patty: Are you into long distance relationships?
Ronald Miller: No.
Patty: Now, then why don't you reach out and touch someone?
[puts his hands on her breasts]

Barbara: Why wouldn't we go out with Ronald? I mean, he's cute and sweet...
Patty: And good...
[Cindy and Barbara stare at her]
Patty: Come on, a lady never talks.
Cindy Mancini: Well, I'll have to remember that the next time I see one.

Ronald Miller: What's his name, Biff?
Cindy Mancini: Don't give me that! His name happens to be... Brett!
Ronald Miller: Is there a difference?

Chuckie Miller: You nuked my brother.
Cindy Mancini: What?
Chuckie Miller: You took him from "geek" status to "king" status to no status.
Cindy Mancini: Chuckie Miller, right? He resorted to sending his messenger boy?
Chuckie Miller: Boy? I see no boy here.
[Cindy puts powder on his face]
Chuckie Miller: You think you shut me up?
Cindy Mancini: I didn't? Well, let me try again.
[attempts to put lipstick on Chuckie, who leaves]
Chuckie Miller: [to his friends] Babe said it was good for my complexion.

Ronald Miller: What happened to us? We were all friends in elementary.
Kenneth Wurman: That's because we were all forced to be in the same room together. But, hey, junior high, high school. Forget it. Jocks became jocks. Cheerleaders became cheerleaders. We became us. I like us.


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