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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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