Following their high-school graduation, Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde), a sheltered but privileged teen, becomes enthralled with David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), a working-class youth with a troubled past. Though Jade and David quickly fall in love, Jade's father (Bruce Greenwood) strongly disapproves of the relationship, while David's father (Robert Patrick) advises caution. However, their parents' disapproval only makes the love-struck teens more determined to pursue the intense affair.
Release Date: February 14, 2014
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MovieReviewMaven.blogspot.com Grade: D In a Nutshell: D for dumb. In the words of the Houston Press movie critic: “Finally, a love story for attractive white people.” Ha ha This remake of the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli film about young love features the handsome Alex Pettyfer and lovely Gabriella Wilde who have chemistry on the big screen, but are trapped in a predictable cliché that makes the movie seem endless. Teenage girls will probably think it’s good, which of course, is the target audience. The story is about a rich, beautiful girl with no friends. Right. The world is full of them. Lame. Add in the mean father who doesn’t let the misunderstood beautiful, rich daughter do anything she wants. Seventeen year olds know what’s best for them. It’s a little bit like the original Footloose without the music or dancing or humor. Uplifting theme: Raging hormones prevent you from making wise decisions. Oh, I mean “Love is worth fighting for.” Things I liked: • I’ve always liked Joely Richardson. Unfortunately, the writing for her character isn’t very good. The writing isn’t very good for any of the other characters either. Things I didn’t like: • She goes from being awkward in high school with no social life to meeting this guy and losing her virginity in 2 days. Aw, true love. Funny lines: • “You never mentioned that.” - (David) The funny thing about that line is David and Jade had just barely met, so of course she hadn’t told him everything about her life yet. • “You think she’s real? A girl looks like that with that much dough? She can’t be real. I know these things.” - Mace • “Let’s be young and dumb just for one night.” Jade – That line made me laugh because they’re both young and have been acting dumb for many nights. Tips for parents: One F-bomb, pre-marital relations, marijuana, drinking, and an affair. The tagline for the movie is “Say goodbye to innocence”, which should be warning enough for parents.March 8th, 2014 · Details
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ENDLESS LOVE is cheesy. It isn’t a movie to take your teenager, let alone anyone else. The message is the father is the villain and the daughter should be able to choose anything she wants. Caution is advised on many levels, including fornication, marijuana use, drinking, affairs, etc. The movie’s message is physical lust is what love is and, if you don’t have physical love, then it isn’t love... See Full Review
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Greenwood and Richardson make a fine, discordant couple and the young leads have a certain chemistry. If only Feste had realized she’d stripped almost all the conflict out of the story, that you can’t flip motivations and turn everybody into “reasonable” people and have anything like an interesting drama left over. Even the Brooke Shields version got that right... See Full Review
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The film makes a token stab at giving David a murky hidden past, but even here he's really a saint, and the glossy, 1950s, overly-clean-moral-lines side of Endless Love only grows quainter as the picture goes on. If the movie works at all (and I think it does), it's as a swoony love story threatened by a basic, cornball Oedipal drama. But for a film that's coming out on Valentine's Day, that more than passes as respectable... See Full Review