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Endless Love (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Shana Feste

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ritch ... Sabine (as Anna Enger)
Fabianne Therese ... Checka
Mike Bland Mike Bland ... Harry's Friend
Jake Schultz Jake Schultz ... Harry's Friend
Jeff Pope ... Mechanic (as Jeff Wayne Pope)
Zechariah Pierce ... Waiter
Ryan Lewis ... Maserati Driver
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Storyline

David has had a crush on Jade since the first time he saw her in the tenth grade. With high school coming to an end, David has never spoken to her until her family pulls up to The Inn, where David works as a valet. She and David fall madly in love, a love that only grows stronger as parents try to tear them apart. David knows Jade's past, but as his secrets are slowly revealed, Jade's trust is tested and leaves them wondering if they are truly meant to be together. Written by Anonymous

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No two people have ever been so addicted to each other. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor eterno See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,407,605, 16 February 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,393,765, 16 March 2014
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Remake of 1981 film by the same name. See more »

Goofs

The MGB allegedly has a bad carburetor, and David repairs it with a spare. The MGB actually has two carburetors, as clearly seen in the film (later US models had only one so this was feasible until that point), and they are not identical, so it wouldn't be possible to know which is bad without diagnosing the car first. Also, when he first starts it, the air cleaner assembly is already reinstalled. He'd likely start it, get it warmed up, then adjust the carbs before reinstalling the air cleaner assembly. See more »

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[first lines]
David Elliot: There was a girl. A beautiful girl surrounded by people. Yet utterly alone. Her brother Chris died, sophomore year. She spent all of her time secluded with her family. Or in the comfort of books. I watched her through all of high school. Waiting for that perfect moment to talk to her, but that... that moment never came. I watched as people gradually forgot about her. And she seemed content to disappear. But not to me. And all though she didn't know it... I saw the possibility of us.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

O Holy Night
English words by John Sullivan Dwight (uncredited), French lyrics by Placide Cappeau (uncredited) and music by Adolphe Adam (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as written by Taylor Glen Muse]
Performed by Quiet Company
Courtesy of Benair Churchill on behalf of Media Creature Properties LLC
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Review: Endless Love (2014)/ www.nightfilmreviews.com
18 February 2014 | by lucasnochezSee all my reviews

Love lost and love found are some of the most rewarding narratives we have ever seen on the big screen. In David Elliot's (Alex Pettyfer) case, love lost, as his therapist tells him, is "like a book you read long ago", and those words could not be more true for Endless Love. Aside from being a remake of Brooke Sheilds' 1981 film of the same name, the film is also an exercise to see how Shakespeare's famous tragedy, written almost 420 years ago, could be modernized, interpreted and adapted for a Pinterest-driven, Instagram-obsessed generation of young people. But like the amaro, hudson and mayfair filters featured on the highly addictive mobile app, Endless Love is a sun kissed love story told through the lens of a writer/director that is beautiful to look at, and understands what it's audience wants, especially during one of the most forcefully romantic times of the year.

No movie released on or around Valentine's Day should be judged on originality, because like the holiday itself, there is nothing original about roses, chocolates, and forced sentiment that is the driving force flooding people's minds. Instead, writer/director Shana Feste delivers an entertaining, nicely shot film of first love with many of the essential ingredients to make it a success amongst young people.

One minute, hopping along the roofs of cars, the other, kissing the girl of your dreams, Endless Love is a soft and safe story of two lovers who find themselves on opposite ends of the tracks of life. David, who has been in love with Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) since tenth grade, uses their high school graduation as a chance to finally connect with her. The wonderfully innocent and vibrantly blonde Jade, who has spent the last two years of high school mourning the death of her older brother Chris Butterfield (Patrick Johnson), decides to spend most of her free time submerged in literature and within the tall gates of her family's large estate. Grieving from the loss of their child, Hugh and Anne Butterfield (Bruce Greenwood and Joely Richardson) are content with having their two remaining children sheltered at home. It isn't until Jade's graduation that the lives of the Butterfield's are completely sent topsy-turvy by David, a smart and sophisticated young man whose main concerns are his father and his attainment of true love.

The 1981 version of the film is a dark and often times melodramatic adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel of the same name. David's character and the past that haunts him in the two earlier adaptations are much darker and convoluted, often times resulting in mental institution. But in Feste's interpretation, the real conflict in the film is the one between Jade's overprotective father Hugh, and David. This conflict in the film is the driving force for so many of the characters and is one that shows the intentions of a young and impressionable boy, against the expectations of a worrisome and overbearing father.

Hugh, a cardiologist, after having his prized son pass away, looks to keep his family tradition alive through his to-be doctor daughter, especially since his middle son Keith (Rhys Wakefield of The Purge), is intent at keeping his father at arms length; falling in love and studying on his own terms. Greenwood's performance of Hugh is one that has many layers; on the one side, a protective father who keeps his daughter from making a decision that might jeopardized her life and future; and on the other side is a haughty, upper class elite who doesn't see David as able to provide the kind of lifestyle his daughter deserves. Greenwood becomes the essence of the film, showing that true love doesn't always reign supreme and providing the film with a conflicted character with realistic and somewhat expected mid-life crises.

The truth remains, there is a big difference between true love and first love. David, who scores an impeccable SAT score and professes to finding happiness in simplicity, spends his days after high school helping his father Harry Elliot (Robert Patrick) around the auto shop he owns. Throughout Endless Love we are reminded just how smart and wise David is, yet the choices he makes, and a little bad luck, get the better of him. Showing very brief glimpses of anger that often finds his fist connecting with several people throughout the film, David gives merit to Hugh's concerns for his daughter. But, like any good cranky dad set amidst any love story, love reigns over logic. Decisions are made during the course of heart-wrenching monologues, and tempers escalate quickly, but not before any Valentine's Day film's centre motto is expressed, and that's letting the past go.

Greenwood's character Hugh may be a bit manipulative, controlling and dramatic with his actions towards David, but there is no doubt that Hugh faces so many of the concerns of fathers whose daughters tread off the path they set for them. Endless Love is a very melodramatic yet manipulative descent into social classes and how it affects young people in love, but throughout the film, there are hints of truth and reality.

Overall the film is a success thanks to it's talented actors in front of the camera. From Richardson, a mother who knows the power of love, to Wakefield who gives an accurate, rebellious truth to the neglected middle child, the performances in Endless Love are as good as can be. Dayo Okeniyi, who gives a reminiscent Derek Luke like performance in the film, gives the film much of its humour and heart, standing beside his best friend and star-crossed lover David. Aside from the lovers, the film is held together by it's patriarch Greenwood, on and off screen.

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