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Endless Love Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

It only feels endless. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    What is most troubling is how this film can serve to shape perceptions for impressionable kids. Young girls and boys will think that non-stop make-out sessions is all it takes to sustain "endless love."

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A movie just begging to go up in the flames of camp. If only somebody had brought a match.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A highly homogenized and sanitized remake that's little better than its 1981 predecessor.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    Love may or may not be endless, but there’s no limit to what can be contrived in a movie like this.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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
  • message true1

    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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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 false2

    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 false3

    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 false2

    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 false0

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    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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