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Endless Love

By GRACE STAINBACK
Endless Love is 2014’s first contribution to the catalog of sexed-up tweenie love dramas, and in all its idealistic idiocracy and over-the-top affirmations of “soulmates,” it best serves as a reminder that Hollywood has completely lost its grip on what a normal relationship actually looks like. Shana Feste’s remake of the 1981 Brooke Shields flop—which is itself based on Scott Spencer’s well-received novel of the same name—centers on the ill-fated romance of nerdy “outcast” Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) and rough-around-the-edges David Axelrod (Alex Pettyfer). A flurry of blandly predictable scenes (slow-motion jogs through grassy fields, dramatic reunions in an airport, consummations of love by a roaring fireplace) chase down romance so doggedly that they run it straight out of the film. They got the “endless” part right in the title, but “love” is too grossly misunderstood to resonate with anyone other than the teenage target audience (a script that was appropriately co-written by Joshua Safran, of Gossip Girl fame). Bruce Greenwood offers the most compelling performance as Hugh Butterfield, Jade’s rigid father who channels his grief over a dead son into maintaining an iron grip on the rest of his family. His unnaturally orange skin tone, moreover, strengthened my hypothesis—already shored up by Mitt Romney and the cast of Jersey Shore—that there is nothing more sinister than a man on a power trip with a bad spray tan.
 
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Brief Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Some Language, Teen Partying ]
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: Alex Pettyfer [David Elliot], Gabriella Wilde [Jade Butterfield], Bruce Greenwood [Hugh Butterfield], Joely Richardson [Anne Butterfield], Robert Patrick [Harry Elliot], Rhys Wakefield [Keith Butterfield], Dayo Okeniyi [Mace], Emma Rigby [Jenny], Anna Enger [Sabine], Fabianne Therese [Checka], Stephanie Northrup [Dawn], Andrew Masset [Joe], Joey Nappo [Charlie]
  • Directed by: Shana Feste [Director], Shana Feste [Screenwriter], Joshua Safran [Screenwriter], Scott Stuber [Producer], Pamela Abdy [Producer], Josh Schwartz [Producer], Stephanie Savage [Producer], J. Miles Dale [Executive Producer], Tracy Falco [Executive Producer], Andrew Dunn [Cinematographer], Clay Griffith [Production Design], Maryann Brandon [Film Editor], Christophe Beck [Original Music], Stacey Battat [Costume Designer], Kim Davis-Wagner [Casting], Justine Baddeley [Casting], Angela Stauffer [Art Director], Wayne Shepherd [Set Decoration]
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