Endless Love (1981)
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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Based on a novel by Scott Spencer, Endless Love details the doomed romance between 17-year-old David (Martin Hewitt) and 15-year-old Jade (Brooke Shields). Banished from Jade's home by her daddy Hugh (Don Murray), David obsessively cooks up a scheme to get back into the family's good graces. Since this plan involves setting Jade's house on fire, one can easily predict that the puppy-love romance is in for a bumpy ride. Jailed for arson, David heads directly to Jade the moment that he's released,
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Is Brooke Shields truly obsession worthy? And can she carry, commercially, another movie about another kind of obsession? The answer is no.
A Cotton-candy rendition of Scott Spencer's powerful novel, Endless Love is a manipulative tale of a doomed romance which careens repeatedly between the credible and the ridiculous.
The movie as a whole does not understand the particular strengths of the novel that inspired it, does not convince us it understands adolescent love, does not seem to know its characters very well, and is a narrative and logical mess.
Anyone unfamiliar with the story of Scott Spencer's novel is bound to be mystified by Franco Zeffirelli's latest film, which reduces Endless Love to a whimperingly latter-day Romeo and Juliet with a little pyromania thrown in.
Trite Blue Lagoonish dialogue trivializes this film adaptation of Scott Spencer's first-rate 1979 novel of obsession but does not spoil it on the level of pop romance.
Vaguely interesting for causing controversy at the time, this tacky tale of illicit teenage romance hasn't aged particularly well.
A bad but commercially popular romantic melodrama, due to Brooke Shields' celeb status at the time and the the Oscar-nominated tune by Lionel Richie.
A potentially interesting story of obsessive teenage love is sabotaged by some laughably absurd overplotting.
Love twaddle, perfect for teens.
Audience Reviews for Endless Love
- David: I had to see you again. I haven't changed... I love you.
- David: (after Anne Butterfield tries to seduce him) I know it's difficult to understand, but I can't make love to anybody but Jade. It's just the way I feel.
- Anne: I think that night... that night that I came down and saw you with Jade and then made love to my husband... I was making love to you.
- Jade: You know what I keep thinking about? A night in the house. I was a little girl, and then I saw David all alone. And I don't know. I just... I wanted to go to him. Was that wrong? I wasn't a happy little girl anymore. Something changed. The first time in my life I was me.
- Anne: Life goes on. We change.
- Jade: But it hurts. It hurts so much.
- Anne: Oh, Baby, it all happened so fast for you. When you live a lifetime you'll understand it.
- Jade: But he loved me. He loves me! No one will ever love me as much.
- Anne: Many people will love you. You see.
- Jade: But not like that. Not like David.
- Jade: It was a once in a lifetime thing, David. I know that! And it came in a time when we were too young to handle it. That was the terrible part.
- Anne: Of all the things I regret I did, the ones I didn't, are the ones I mourn the most.
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