Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 103 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. High-school love is the focus here, so there’s kissing, embracing, some implied sexual content, along with the frustrating message that the only thing strong enough to make a girl stand up to her father is a hot guy—sigh. Also some cursing; the emotional trauma following a sibling’s death; a car accident; some fighting; and references to drinking and drug use. All fairly typical for a teenage love story, but it lacks any creativity or subtlety.
‘Endless Love’ is a teen love story presented in the template of an Abercrombie and Fitch commercial, with pretty, bland actors and an uninspired, bland story. Not at all similar to the original novel or ‘80s film, which suggested the idea of love as insanity, this version of ‘Endless Love’ is lacking in all impact.
By Roxana Hadadi
Films like “Endless Love” only bother to come out every year around Valentine’s Day, with the expectation that young girls ravenous for wish fulfillment will accept—adore, even—silly, slapped-together stories about beautiful teenagers falling in love with each other and ignoring the entire world to pursue their own desires. Any other week or month, and “Endless Love” would be a goner—as it should be. It’s a surprisingly uninspired story without any serious stakes, and as much as its message is supposed to be about fighting for love, there’s barely any conflict here at all.