Endless Love

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying.
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Primary Audience:
Adults Teens
Romance Drama Remake
1 hr. 43 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 14, 2014 (wide—2,900+ theaters)
DVD: May 27, 2014
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How can I deal with temptations? Answer

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Featuring: Alex Pettyfer … David Axelrod
Gabriella Wilde … Jade Butterfield
Robert Patrick
Joely Richardson
Rhys Wakefield
Emma Rigby … Jenny
Bruce Greenwood … Hugh Butterfield
Dayo Okeniyi … Mace
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Director: Shana Feste—“Country Strong,” “The Greatest”
Producer: Bluegrass Films
Fake Empire
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Distributor: Universal Pictures

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Endless Love’ stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) of Fake Empire to produce the film from writers Feste and Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl).”

Remake of “Endless Love” (1981)

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Movie Critics

…endlessly silly… A jaw-dropping groanfest of teen romance cliches…
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

…A highly homogenized and sanitized remake that’s little better than its 1981 predecessor. …the film almost becomes more about the most disturbed adult character than about the young lovers themselves.…
—Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

…About the only original touch is how the script, by Ms. Feste and Joshua Safran, shifts the story’s weight to Hugh, whose love for his daughter smolders with all the weird, lunatic intensity that’s otherwise missing.…
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

…Feste and co-scripter Joshua Safran turn a dark tale of self-destructive romantic obsession into an innocuous fairy tale about the shining power of puppy love…
—Ronnie Scheib, Variety

…Too silly to be romantic and not near campy enough to be enjoyable… By the dictates of forbidden love, Hugh [Dad] is of course cartoonishly villanous — he is cheating on his wife, he secretely investigates David’s past, he viciously baits David into hitting him…
—David Berry, National Post

…A love-struck soundtrack saturates much of the gauzy imagery… Still, some surprising performances rise above a skin-deep plot.… Every time things between blue-collar David (Pettyfer) and pretty, privileged Jade (Wilde) get sticky—either kissy/gooey or teary/hurt-y—and the film could go deep, “Endless” morphs into music video territory.…
—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

…“Endless Love” should make Hollywood break up with remakes… The usual star-crossed lover problems ensue: frustrating obstacles, misunderstandings, arguments, violence and drama, all of which ultimately are wrapped up in a neat, Lifetime movie-of-the-week fashion.…
—Sue Pierman, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

…this film is so colossally tone-deaf and off-key in every way that its collection of jarring missteps almost carries it into the arms of perverse comedy…
—Louis Black, The Austin Chronicle

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