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Love Don't Co$t a Thing

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Troy Beyer
Produced by Andrew Kosove
Broderick Johnson
Mark Burg
Reuben Cannon
Written by Michael Swerdlick
Troy Beyer
Starring Nick Cannon
Christina Milian
Kenan Thompson
Kal Penn
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Steve Harvey
Music by John E. Rhone
Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Chuck Cohen
Editing by David Codron
Studio Alcon Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) United States December 12, 2003
Running time 100 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
Gross revenue $21,924,226[1]

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



Geeky Alvin Johnson (Cannon) is extremely intelligent and being considered for a General Motors scholarship, as he is skilled in designing engines. However, he wants to go from nerd to cool guy, and wants to hang out with the popular kids. A little bit of luck, and being at the right place at the right time, provides him with that chance. Paris Morgan (Milian), a beautiful, popular cheerleader crashes her mother's expensive SUV whilst arguing with her superstar boyfriend, Dru. The grill of the car is destroyed, and in sheer desperation, Paris agrees to "date" Alvin for two weeks in exchange for the full repair of the car, before her mother finds out. Alvin pays for the car parts in order to be Paris's boyfriend, thus becoming popular. It works, and Alvin is transformed from a nerd to a popular kid. Part of the agreement said they'd break up after two weeks, which Al did at their school. This makes Paris mad because she feels it ruins her reputation. Not only that, but Al did it in a very disrespectful manner. Eventually Al views himself as "unbreakable" and starts diminishing Paris's rep. He also starts dissing his nerd friends from before. When Paris's boyfriend breaks up with Paris thinking that she was dating Al, Paris asks Al to tell him about the deal. However, Al has become so full of himself, that he believes the deal never existed. Paris then "breaks" him by saying in front of the popular kids that he paid her to be his friend so he could be popular. Alvin, completely embarrassed(with no friends because his friends kicked him out of the club), comes back to himself and starts acting life his old self again. The story comes to head at a school basketball game when Alvin stands up to a popular jock who is bullying him. He says that he was sorry to ever be ashamed of who he was. That earns Alvin and his friends the respect of the student body. Later on outside, Dru (Paris' ex-boyfriend) tries to take her back but she replies "I have other dreams". Paris and Al eventually make up as the film ends.



  • In the scene where Alvin is walking towards the kitchen table with wet pants.If you look closely in the corner you can see Aretha already standing there.
  • Also in the scene where Walter(Kenan Thompsan's character)hits the locker and it breaks off if you look closely below him you can see a safety mat that he landed on.


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


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.

Awards and nominations


2004 BET Comedy Awards

  • Outstanding Directing for a Box Office Movie — Troy Beyer (nominated)

2004 Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Breakout Movie Star, Female — Christina Milian (nominated)
  • Choice Movie, Date Movie (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Chemistry — Christina Milian, Nick Cannon (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Liar — Nick Cannon (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Liplock — Christina Milian, Nick Cannon (nominated)


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