Another one of my favorite movies is the ’80s flick “Can’t Buy Me Love” staring Amanda Petersen and Patrick Dempsey. Remember that singer Gerardo(Rico Suave), Amy Dolenz(her daddy was a Monkee) and we get to meet a young Seth Green(remember he’s like 10) but anyways…..
The premise of the movie is about this boy Ronald Miller(Dempsey) who plays this geeky lawn mower who is progressing into senior year of high school. We can assume he’s “Never Been Kissed” unless it was at band camp one summer. The hottest girl in school is Cindy Mancini(Petersen) and this is why she is the “End All Be All”
- Captain of the Cheerleaders
- Blonde(duh), Volkswagon Cabriolet(believe me I wanted one)
- Boyfriend who goes to some school but he was the Captain of the Football Team,
- Brunette friends(that aren’t as hot as she is but that’s subjective)
- A mom that lets her go back to school shopping at Neiman Marcus and countless other reasons why she is so “It Girl”
- Lots of other reasons too
Cindy wants to impress people at a party, she takes her mothers suede outfit(fringe sleeves and all) and this jerk spills Merlot all down the front of it! Uh oh! Before her mother finds out Cindy has to rush to the mall to bring the dress to the cleaners or buy a new outfit. Cheerleaders especially in the 80s never had an afterschool job, so it’s pretty obvious that homegirl didn’t have any money right. Well Ronald Miller spent his summer mowing lawns and has $1000 to drop for her mistake…..under one condition…
So they spend a month pretending that they are this couple. Cindy falls for the dweeb and then they break up. He lets popularity go to his head, and dates Patty and the other brunette(forgot her name, she looked like a chipmunk) he even gets to date Iris(She’s like Greyhound) and well it goes down and he is a social pariah. Did I mention he threw a bag of dog excrement on his friends Kenneth’s house on halloween? Well he did! Then Cindy calls him out on New Years Eve and he spends the rest of senior year basically a social outcast…”Transfer to Jefferson. Transfer to Washington. Nobody at Westerberg is going to play your reindeer games”
This movie didn’t spawn any careers whatsoever but it’s memorable. Paula Abdul did the Choreography. Nobody knows what happened to Cindy Mancini either……….