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Can't Buy Me Love Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Teen comedy is dated but occasionally funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language that gets thrown around in a casual way. There is not much onscreen nudity, but a lot of sexual references and some crude jokes and comments about sexuality. The premise of the movie involves a popular girl dating a nerdy boy for money, and there are some references to prostitution. There are a few scenes where high school age kids drink, with no consequences from authority figures. A main character, a good student, starts to ignore his studies and suffers no consequences. There are few speaking roles for minorities, and a heavy reliance on stereotypes for the plot development (a nerd/ cool kid rivalry).

  • Families can talk about how people deal with loneliness, popularity, and the demands of both. How do people "sell" themselves? The value of being true to yourself is a main theme of the movie. What does being true to yourself require?

The good stuff
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    Messages: High school clique behavior, a character sells himself out for popularity.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A few tense stand-offs.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing, semi-nudity, references to off-screen sex acts.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens drinking freely at parties, a drunken confession affects the plot.