These are my recommendations for films and movies similar to Love Don’t Cost A Thing. Bear in your mind that this list is in no particular order.
Xavier (Bow Wow), a teenage boy in Chicago, struggles with the loss of his mother and turns to roller skating as a way to deal with his angst. He and his friends are the stars of the skating rink they frequent, but this is about to change. When it closes down, they have no choice but to try out a more upscale spot, the Sweetwater Roller Rink. There, they enroll in a skating contest, and have to prove themselves to the reigning champions, headed by a skater named Sweetness.
When it comes to matters of the heart, keeping her man happy and committed is all in a day’s work for Shanté Smith (Vivica A. Fox). Shanté is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her best girlfriends depend on her for advice whenever man trouble clouds the horizon. But when Shanté’s boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut) is caught red-handed stepping out with her archrival Conny (Gabrielle Union), Shanté institutes her Ten Day Plan to get her man in line.
Monty (Idris Elba), a mechanic, struggles to make ends meet and raise his three young daughters alone. When his drug-dealing ex-wife wins custody of the girls in court, he enlists the help of Julia (Gabrielle Union), a successful attorney, to get the girls back. Romance unexpectedly blooms between the pair, but the couple must come to terms with their very different lives and find a way to keep Monty’s family together.
At holiday time, family matriarch Ma’Dere Whitfield (Loretta Devine) assembles her large brood for their first reunion in four years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to light, especially concerning Marine Claude’s (Columbus Short) true military status, Quentin’s (Idris Elba) debts and teenage Baby’s (Chris Brown) secret plans to become a singer.
Eva has been in charge of her younger sisters ever since their parents died, many years ago. Eva’s uncanny ability to interfere in her sisters’ affairs has not endeared her to their spouses and partners. The men would like to close out and divide up the family trust fund that Eva oversees. So they concoct a simple plan: compensate cash strapped ladies’ man Ray Adams (LL Cool J) to romance and distract Eva from her familial duties. Sparks fly between Ray and Eva … but the plan goes awry.
Ladies’ man Darnell Wright (Martin Lawrence) is used to getting his way with women. Although he is committed to marrying his longtime love, Mia (Regina King), he can’t help himself when he meets the beautiful and standoffish Brandi (Lynn Whitfield). After bedding and then trying to ditch Brandi, Darnell is in for an unpleasant surprise: the unhinged Brandi is not about to let Darnell dump her, and she will do anything to exact revenge on him for tossing her aside.
Three old friends — Mike (Omar Epps), Roland (Taye Diggs) and Slim (Richard T. Jones) — recount memories of their shared childhood in Inglewood, Calif., as they prepare for Roland’s wedding to his fiancée, Lisa (LisaRaye). When the groom goes missing without a word, Mike and Slim struggle to find their nervous friend and return him to his impatient bride before the wedding begins. Along the way, they continue to swap stories about lessons learned during their awkward teenage years.
Single mother Diana Armstrong (LisaRaye) takes to sliding down a stripper pole in order to pay for college — and make a better life for her child. But taking off her clothes for a paying audience is the easy part at the Player’s Club. More challenging for Diana is staying on the good side of motormouthed club owner Dolla Bill (Bernie Mac), avoiding the club’s unsavory cast of characters and helping her newbie stripping cousin, Ebony (Monica Calhoun), stay on the straight and narrow.
An unsuspecting Atlanta woman (Taraji P. Henson) lets in a charming stranger (Idris Elba) to use her phone and soon believes the adage “no good deed goes unpunished” when he takes over her home and terrorizes her family.
Reporter James (Charlie Sheen) brings petty crook Franklin (Chris Tucker) to justice, but as Franklin is being taken to jail, he is unwittingly drawn into a violent prison break. The police pursue Franklin, mistakenly thinking he killed several officers, so the fugitive turns to James for help. Figuring he has stumbled upon the story of a lifetime, the journalist agrees to prove that Franklin is innocent. Unfortunately, things don’t go smoothly, and both men find themselves on the run.