“Endless Love” comes at a time when rom coms are scarce at the box office—and the fantasy a summer romance is rapidly approaching for most of us. Pretty much anyone could have written this predictable plot (did you know it’s a remake of a much darker Brooke Shields movie?), but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
British beauties Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde star as David and Jade, who somehow become more attractive every time they’re on screen. Granted, Pettyfer as a recent high school graduate looks like he could have been held back about ten years. But Wilde’s boho chic style is so on point it makes us seriously reevaluate wearing sweats to the theater. Can we just say that whenever movies try to convince us these stunning actors are high schoolers, it’s just upsetting. Honestly, most high schoolers look like they’re 12, and that’s a fact.
Their acting was subpar, but we weren’t expecting Oscar-worthy performances from this cast. The main issue with films of this genre is that the love story feels so rushed. It’s not realistic to meet someone and fall head over heels in love by the end of the week. This love story in particular picks up at Jade and David’s high school graduation. David has been in love with the beautiful (but shy!) Jade for the past four years. He finally works up the courage to approach her, and they spend the summer falling in love and being really cute in various montages. Obviously, films need to keep the story moving and hold the audience’s attention, but sadly give us the unrealistic expectations of a what a whirlwind romance is actually like.
For instance, the first time David meets Jade’s parents, he discusses how all he needs in life is that one true love to come home to every night. Um, you’re 18, and you just started dating earlier that week. That’s enough to send a girl running for the hills, although, if it were Alex Pettyfer saying those things… it might be different.
Of course, Wilde’s father does not approve of David and goes as far as a restraining order to keep him away from his daughter. Will they find their happily ever after? Will any houses accidentally be burned down? Of course, you already know what’s going to happen, but it can take us away from our sad single lives for almost two hours and give us hope.
Despite the film feeling a little too long (or maybe we just ran out of popcorn) it’s worth seeing. Maybe wait until it hits the dollar theater, but ladies, it’s a great flick to see during a girls’ night out. Fellas, you could also score some serious brownie points by picking this movie for date night. But you better be ready to live up to the brooding and charming appeal of Alex Pettyfer.
Speakeasy Rating: B
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, some language and teen partying