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Endless Love (1981)
A little clarification; and Martin is still gorgeous!
Okay, okay....just a little bit of clarification here for the nay-sayers who don't like this film (OBVIOUSLY folks who never had an intense first love in their teen years - and you DON'T need a burning house to have felt that....)
1. WHY DID David BURN DOWN THE HOUSE? A lot of commenters have said they don't know why David "burned down the house." It was not his INTENTION to burn down the house. David's friend (played by Tom Cruise in his acting debut - which I thought would have made his lines more memorable to most folks!) explains how a friend (or it may have been his brother) wanted to get a girl's attention that had broken up with him. He lit some wet newspapers on her front porch which "smoked like hell" - NO FIRE. The friend (or brother) then yelled to everyone in the house that there was a fire and got everyone to "safety" - without there ever having been a real fire. This made him a hero in the eyes of the family. Problem was - the newspapers at Jade's house weren't wet enough, so the house actually caught fire.
2. WHY DOES JADE'S MOTHER SIT ON THE STEPS AND SMILE AS HER 15-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HAS SEX? If you've watched the movie up to this scene, you'll know why. Jade's mom is a complete hippie - all about free love, expressing yourself, living in the moment, etc. etc. It is blatantly obvious that she is not the typical "mom" who would scream in hysterics at the site of her daughter having sex. She finds it beautiful, she feels the love that David and Jade share and leaves them to their "free love." "Daddy" doesn't feel quite the same way, of course.
3. FOR THOSE, LIKE ME, WHO THOUGHT MARTIN HEWITT WAS THE HOTTEST THING ON TWO LEGS - HE STILL IS!