Endless Love (2014)

  • Review Date: February 14, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Only romantic teens will enjoy melodramatic remake.
  • Review Date: February 14, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

Consumerism

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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There's no doubt that some viewers, especially 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. Otherwise, viewers who crave star-crossed "instalove" will get their fill, while everyone else will be only mildly amused.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 14, 2014
DVD release date:May 27, 2014
Cast:Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood
Director:Shana Feste
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Romance
Topics:Brothers and sisters, High school
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying

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Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew October 9, 2014
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13
QUALITY
 

Dumb disappointing remake is only for girl teens

My rating: PG-13 for violence,language,partying,sexual content and drug use
Adult Written byjoshua martinez July 6, 2014
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14
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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 content but no nudity shown there is some mild language used and some underage drinking used the message is about that true love isn't concerned with class, education, or social status and the role model is that 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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 23, 2014
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12
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GOOD MOVIE

I think that this movie is great and although you should be pretty mature to watch it i think that this movie is heartwarming and fun!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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