Endless Love (2014)

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Only romantic teens will enjoy melodramatic remake.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 103 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The overwhelming message is that true love isn't concerned with class, education, or social status. The movie cautions parents from being overly restrictive when it comes to dictating every area of their teens' lives and encourages parents to give their teens some freedom in whom they choose to love and what they choose to study. On the down side, the story also makes it clear that it's quite possible to find a "forever love" at the age of 17, and that sometimes you have to fight for that love to persevere.

Positive role models & representations

David loves and protects Jade, and he's eventually willing to defy her father to show her how much he loves her. Jade's mother Anne believes in her children's love stories without feeling threatened by that love.


Jade is in a car accident that leaves her injured and temporarily hospitalized. David punches a disrespectful restaurant patron and later -- after much verbal abuse and provocation -- punches Jade's hateful father.


Older teens (17 and 18) have sex soon after first meeting. There's no mention of using protection, but the guy is respectful, says he's willing to wait, and allows his girlfriend to take the lead (no full nudity, but they are shown topless from the side and on top of each other). David and Jade kiss passionately many times (some times barely dressed or in only a bikini/swim trunks) and it's implied they have sex other times, like when they're shown sharing a bubble bath, but it's not graphic.


The most frequently said curse word is "s--t," but there are also a couple of uses of "a--hole,"  one "f--king," and a few exclamations with the word "God."


Mostly cars: Maserati, BMW, Ford. Mentioned brands include iPhone, Hulu, Uber.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

High-school graduates (who are still under 21) are shown drinking at a couple of parties and get-togethers and discuss getting high at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Endless Love is the second adaptation of Scott Spencer's 1979 novel -- the first is the campy 1981 melodrama starring Brooke Shields -- an intense drama about a smart, wealthy girl who desperately falls for a mechanic's son much to her father's horror. The remake is less trashy than the original, but there's definitely still sexual content, although it's not graphic. Language includes "s--t," "a--hole," and a single "f--k," and violence is limited to a couple of punches and a car accident that leads to a brief hospital stay. Ultimately this is not quite the story of obsession it was in the original, but a tamer and sentimental exploration of first love that lasts.

User Reviews

Adult Written byjoshua martinez July 6, 2014

14 and up.

this love romance movie endless love is a awesome love movie to see good for your older teens to see and parents you need to know that endless love has sexual c... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydoubleE February 16, 2014

Endless Love WAS AWESOME

I didn't want to see this at all but all my friends were going so I guess I decided it to go and I'm glad I did because I loved it. There is one sex s... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 16, 2014

endless love

great movie.see with very mature 10 year olds and up.

What's the story?

In this remake of ENDLESS LOVE (a 1979 novel that was turned into a campy 1981 adaptation starring Brooke Shields), David (Alex Pettyfer) narrates on the day of his high-school graduation that he has long had a crush on Jade (Gabriella Wilde), a wealthy but lonely girl from his class who spent two years mourning the death of her beloved brother. After finally summoning the courage to talk to her while on the job as a valet, he and Jade instantly connect. The sparks take no time to fly, as the two embark on a summer-long romance threatened by her strict father's (Bruce Greenwood) plans for his princess' bright future -- one he does not want to include a handsome but "low-life" car mechanic. Despite her father's attempts to separate the couple, Jade and David seem destined for each other.

Is it any good?

Viewers who crave star-crossed "instalove" will get their fill from this movie, while everyone else will be only mildly amused. There's no doubt that teen girls interested in romance will enjoy the wish-fulfillment aspects of a gorgeous guy from the wrong side of town (with a heart of gold, of course) falling for a beautiful bookish girl with no relationship experience. And of course, the actors sure are pretty, what with both of them being British models. But as sweet and soapy as this teen romance is compared to the downright over-the-top (and trashy) original, there are way too many laughably predictable and unrealistic aspects to make it a good movie.

The adults are all fine actors (Joely Richardson plays Jade's understanding mother Anne, and David's supportive dad is Robert Patrick), but Greenwood's doctor is so villainous he nearly takes a bat to David's head. In this adaptation, it's the father's obsession -- not David's -- that's the problem. The upper-crust father's focus on his lovely daughter's every move and her blossoming relationship borders on disturbing. On the bright side, a couple of the supporting players, especially David's best friend Mace (Dayo Okeniyi) and Jade's brother Keith (Rhys Wakefield) add much-needed levity to the story, and there's one undeniably funny moment from David when Pettyfer gets to use his native English accent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of remakes. Parents familiar with the original, how does this version compare to the R-rated original? Why do you think the filmmakers wanted to do a remake?

  • Discuss the way teen sexuality is portrayed in the movie. Is it realistic or idealized? Do you think it's believable that an 18-year-old guy would be adevoted to the idea of finding the love of his life? Why are teen romances often concerned with class?

  • In the book and the original adaptation, the love story is more a study of obsession. How is the new adaptation different?

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