Endless Love Movie Review
In Endless Love,two teenagers fall helplessly in love with each other and the girl's father strongly objects, because he knows that eventually his daughter will realize her love was just a crush and that, given she is smart and looks like a supermodel, will be able to choose from a variety of suitors.
Too bad he's a dick and goes about it in all the wrong ways.
A remake of the 1981 Brooke Shields movie I haven't seen, Endless Love presents the typical hot-rich-girl-falls-in-love-with-boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks story, without any attempt to be realistic or believable. In the Shana Feste-directed remake, Jade (Gabriella Wilde) is smart, nice, likable, rich and extremely attractive, which naturally means she is so unpopular that she has absolutely no friends. Enter David (Alex Pettyfer), who finally acts on his crush and discovers how easy it is to win Jade over, because he's the only person that has ever shown interest in her.
Ah, true love at its finest.
Thankfully, to add conflict, Jade's dad (Bruce Greenwood) hates David, because he's rich and snobby like rich people are in the movies.
When all is said and done, Endless Love is easy enough to watch; the leads are attractive, the story moves at a fast pace and, well, the leads are attractive. But the movie is so heavy-handed with its stereotypes and so utterly unoriginal that it offers little reason to give it a chance. The romance hardly lives up to the film's title—Feste failed to convince me that these teens were truly in love with each other—and while the chemistry between the two leads isn't bad, it isn't very good, either.
Had Feste, who co-wrote the movie along with Joshua Safran, had grounded Greenwood's character in reality and played with the formula a bit, Endless Love could have been a serviceable romantic drama. As is, it's a clichéd, uninteresting and instantly forgettable piece of filmmaking.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.