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Old 01-27-2015, 09:51 PM
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Was there a topless scene in Cant Buy Me Love (1987)?

Or is there such a thing as group false memory?

The scene in question is this (safe for work) one: http://youtu.be/WZuU6oboy5U (I could only find a Spanish dubbed version) Former nerd Ronald has become popular through zany antics is on a date with the school vixen Patty. Shes trying to seduce a shy Ronald whos new to this and says I happen to know that in the whole town, there's only one other titty quite this pretty. And here it is! The debate starts at this point.

I and many others say that the scene never included Patty actually showing her tits after her famous line (for teenage boys) and only showed her from the cleavage up. However, there is an equal number of posters who say no, the original scene did show her breasts and the one were referring to is an edited version that was cleaned up for cable.

The post was started in 2005 and is still alive today with posters coming and going and chiming in with their 2-cents. The laughable part of it is there have been many posters who say they possess the original VHS copy with the breast-revealing scene and will upload it somewhere as proof of its existence but cant do so right now because its stored away in their attic, their friend who lives far away has it, the video store that had it burned down, etc Needless to say, these posters never come back and there still has been no proof that Patty ever showed her tits. On the other hand, theres no definitive proof that she never showed them. Just our memories from an almost 30-year-old movie.

If it were just a few posters who claimed that breasts were shown in the original theatrical release, I could just think they were mistaken, but there have been numerous posters who say otherwise, (with many of them signing up just to say so), and that they clearly remember seeing them.

Does anyone have the straight dope on this scene in question?
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:03 PM
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Missed the edit window

I forgot to mention that this is the thread on IMDb that is debating the topic in my op.
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:46 PM
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According to Mr Skin (who is the authority on these things) there were only "underwear" scenes in that movie.
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:49 PM
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I think this is one of those situations that can easily be answered by Googling the actress' name with "topless." The Internet being what it is, if there's a screen cap of attractive boobies anywhere, someone has uploaded it.

To save you time, I did just that. While there are topless scenes of the actress in question, they're all from another movie.

Also, I notice the movie was rated PG-13. I'm pretty sure boobies would have gotten an automatic R.
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:14 PM
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Google images is hardly evidence that a scene existed or not. As for PG-13 rated films showing boobs getting an automatic R, does James Cameron know that?
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:41 PM
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But the real question is: do you remember the scene where Patty walks into class at the end, having used the Zoltar machine to still be a teenager?
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:02 AM
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But the real question is: do you remember the scene where Patty walks into class at the end, having used the Zoltar machine to still be a teenager?
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:25 AM
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But the real question is: do you remember the scene where Patty walks into class at the end, having used the Zoltar machine to still be a teenager?
I grew up in New Zealand and saw that movie a dozen times. Right before she puts money into the Zoltar machine, a man walks up and says "what does that thing do?" and she replies "that's the beauty of it. It doesn't do anything."
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:10 AM
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According to Mr Skin (who is the authority on these things) there were only "underwear" scenes in that movie.
Exactly. Mr. Skin is a great cite (and site) for this question. I thought that scene did feature topless, but I guess not. However, as a 10th grader during that time, I would've preferred to see Amanda Peterson topless. (Bikini pic: http: // listal. com/ viewimage/ 6803863)

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Old 01-28-2015, 03:30 AM
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Well, I've always been firm believer that there was never a topless scene. Which leads to my ancillary question: How could so many disparate individuals mis-remember the same exact scene?

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Old 01-28-2015, 03:46 AM
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Also, I notice the movie was rated PG-13. I'm pretty sure boobies would have gotten an automatic R.
Not in the early days of PG-13. The Woman In Red was rated PG-13, and had a quick, full-frontal nude shot.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:58 AM
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Which leads to my ancillary question: How could so many disparate individuals mis-remember the same exact scene?
Because the scene made them imagine boobs. People are remembering the idea of boobs, not actual boobs.
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:43 AM
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Well duh, I understand they imagined seeing boobs. The question is why so many? There were many adamant posters who swore on their mothers' graves that they saw them, or remember a specific event (like covering someone's eyes) because of that scene.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:27 AM
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I actually went to that movie in the theater with my parents (I was either 12 or 13), why we picked that movie for a family outing I have no idea. The entire experience was rather uncomfortable given some of the themes in the movie... (I was a nerdy kid, who liked space, very awkward around girls, just like the Dempsey character but younger) ... thank God there wasn't "surprise" PG-13 nudity on top of those.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:01 PM
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Well duh, I understand they imagined seeing boobs. The question is why so many? There were many adamant posters who swore on their mothers' graves that they saw them, or remember a specific event (like covering someone's eyes) because of that scene.
They're probably confusing Can't Buy Me Love with some other teen comedy they saw around the same time. Mischief, perhaps. It came out two years earlier, Amanda Peterson and Kelly Preston look somewhat alike, and there was a nude scene in Mischief. Add thirty years and people "remember" a nude scene in Can't Buy Me Love.
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:51 PM
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Well duh, I understand they imagined seeing boobs. The question is why so many? There were many adamant posters who swore on their mothers' graves that they saw them, or remember a specific event (like covering someone's eyes) because of that scene.
I swear on my mother's grave that I imagined seeing her breasts, and they were spectacular.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:49 PM
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Also, I notice the movie was rated PG-13. I'm pretty sure boobies would have gotten an automatic R.
Surely you know that there were bare breasts (in the most absurdly gratuitous manner possible) in the PG rated Airplane?
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:16 PM
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Well duh, I understand they imagined seeing boobs. The question is why so many? There were many adamant posters who swore on their mothers' graves that they saw them, or remember a specific event (like covering someone's eyes) because of that scene.
People misremember things all the time, and will often swear up and down that they're certain they remember something that didn't really happen. In this specific case, I don't think there's anything mysterious about a teen movie featuring a scene with racy dialogue and a girl with her top off (but bra on) causing some teen viewers to vividly imagine naked boobies.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:30 PM
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Yeah, I get that. I suppose it's a good thing these people are not testifying at a trial.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:17 AM
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Pretty sure the guy is topless in the last scene, when he's driving his lawn mower through the neighborhood.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:31 AM
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Well duh, I understand they imagined seeing boobs. The question is why so many?
How many did they imagine she had?
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:25 AM
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I swear on my mother's grave that I imagined seeing her breasts, and they were spectacular.
That's a strange thing to say about your mother's breasts.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:41 AM
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Surely you know that there were bare breasts (in the most absurdly gratuitous manner possible) in the PG rated Airplane?
This is me, seeing what you did there. Bravo.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:33 AM
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For comparison's sake, I remembered thee being a lot more nudity in Boogie Nights, Crimes of Passion and 5 1/2 Weeks than there actually was. I doubt any of these had a total of more than two minutes total. I also vividly recall seeing young Sally Struthers' breasts in Five Easy Pieces but can find no evidence this was true. Could they have released a second, more demure version of the movie since?
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:24 PM
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Here's a possibility where the confusion arose. Four years after doing Can't Buy Me Love, Peterson did a made-for-TV movie called Posing (aka I Posed for Playboy). It was about three women who posed nude for Playboy.

Peterson was one of the three main characters - she played a college student who did a pictorial.

Being as this was a network TV movie, there was no actual nudity. But there was a scene where Peterson got undressed on camera but in a manner that didn't show anything beyond her back and shoulders.

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Old 02-02-2015, 04:21 PM
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Amanda Peterson was the female lead in Can't Buy Me Love, but the actress in question is Darcy DeMoss.
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