OK for kids 14+
Only romantic teens will enjoy melodramatic remake.
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.
- 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?
The good stuff
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.
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.
What to watch for
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 and 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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Endless Love by rowie68
It is a very cute movie for young in heart!! YeS I cried because I am so sentimental the story is like "THE REAL LIFE SITUATION"
I do not know how anone sat through this. by skurtz42
I took my girlfriend to see this for valentine's day and I thought it would be a good love story.
When I go to see a movie I really do not care what type of movie it is but I have to see a decent plot that is set up decently and not entirely rushed into. This movie definitely did not do that. After a two minute monologue about how he is desperately in love with this girl who he had never talked to all of the characters are introduced and two minutes after that the girl who no one had ever talked to is his best friend and hooking up in a closet.
My girlfriend who loves all romantic chick flick type movies leans over to me and says "We have to go this movie is awful."
We left after the cheesiest "high school party" I ever saw in a movie complete with horrible acting.
Do yourself a favor and skip this.
Dont understand why they called this a re-make by christinahsiao
This movie was clearly made for tweens and has nothing in common with the original Endless Love except for the main characters' names. So I really don't understand why they named it Endless Love- they could have come up with a new title altogether and nobody would have known the difference. The only good thing about this movie were the lead characters serving as eye-candy-- but even with them I still felt like the movie was dragging on too long due to the weak storyline.
Pretty white kids, with problems by subxerogravity
It was not that bad of a movie thanks to Bruce Greenwood's performance as an over-barring father putting too much pressure on his oldest to be just like him, and stay away from the kid on the wrong side of the tracks who he fills is no good for her. It's one of those situations where I may not have noticed his acting if not for how by the numbers everything else in the movie was. Seen one, seen them all is what this movie is telling me. Nothing original.
Teen Love by fkohnert
My wife dragged me to this chick flick about teen love. The story line is predictable, but offers a good measage. Overall not as steamy as the trailer made it look and is probably okay for younger audiances.
PERFECT LOVE STORY by codedy
This movie was beautifully made and very tasteful. The chemistry between Alex and Gabriella was amazing. I am not in my 20's but it made me want to be Gabriella as I am sure every girl/woman that watches this movie will want the same. Gabriella is so innocent and breathtaking that she will have the hearts of the men that go to see this movie as well. I love Alex Pettyfer as an actor and have seen most of his movies and I cannot wait for the next one. I live in Georgia and it was nice to see the scenery throughout this movie as it has been in so many other great movies.
Go see this movie!! by LynzyAllison
Saw the premiere in Dallas last week...it is a beautiful love story. So refreshing to see after
way too many Vampires, doom and destruction. Perfect date night movie...he will love it too. Alex and Gabrielle have real chemistry. Shana Feste really got it right on this one.
The audience actually clapped at the end.
Great for a date night!!! by bradwick
Went to see this movie with my boyfriend because our Valentine's Day was pushed back because of heavy snow. Even though it appeared as a traditional love story, it quickly proved it was not.
Endless Love by verla1116
I took my 16 year old daughter to the movie and we both loved it. Most of the people watching were female but before we went in a middle aged couple asked us what we were going to watch. When we told them they had just left seeing it and said it was great. I don't know if my teenage son would like it. More of a chick flick.
Great movie. Love the acting as well - I would love to have the guy for ME. There was a point in the movie that I was so engrossed that I found myself putting my hands up to defend myself, then realized I wasn't the only one.
Endless by ryanpats
I dropped off my teen daughter and her friend to this movie and after 30 minutes they called for pick up - they had walked out! They complained about the quick hook up between the couple. said the story of love at first sight was unbelievable and boring!