Can't Buy Me Love is a teen film from 1987, starring the McDreamy Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson, an actress who disappeared off the Hollywood radar in 1995 (but if you want see what she looks like now here she is posing with a snake and riding a motorcycle). This is classic 80's angst - it features a "nerdy" boy - nerdy the way Rachel Leigh Cook is nerdy in She's All That - who loves a popular cheerleader from afar. There is also a top-class makeover, and characters ultimately realising there is more to life than high school cliques. And of course it's packed with eye-popping outfits of awesomeness. The film is set in Tucson, Arizona (there are a lot of cactus establishing shots) and the wardrobe designer obviously wanted to capitalise on that, so get ready for oodles of cowboy hats, aztec prints, bolo ties and pointy boots. Oh and suede frill.
As with a lot of teen films the storyline is entertaining but also makes you do the, "Err really?!" head tilt on occasion. But today we're mainly here to look at them clothes. I was prompted to dissect this film by the lovely Treasure Burrell who wisely noted that there were some threads in this movie that needed to be discussed.
So without further ado...(warning, this post contains a lot of spoilers).