Love Don't Cost a Thing
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Sweet and kind of touching, and I liked it. The difference, I think, is that the new one is lower on cynicism and higher on wisdom, and might actually contain some truth about the agonies of high school insecurity.
Los Angeles Times
Often rowdy and uproarious, the film also has surprising depth and subtext.
The New York Times
The cast is uniformly high spirited and attractive, and Ms. Beyer's direction, apart from a few over-weighted Wellesian camera angles, is functional.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The music, at least, is welcome.
Sadly, though, the movie as a whole feels blatantly dedicated to fleecin' da kidz.
The A.V. Club
This is teen product at its most generic.
Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original, Love Don't Cost a Thing brings a year of exceptionally lame youth comedies to a fitting conclusion.
The result is an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
You realize you're watching a snuff film, where the victim isn't just teen innocence but teen romance.
About as sharp an updated version of the original as is Jennifer Lopez's song of the same name a modern, Latina version of the Beatles classic.
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