Endless Love to me is one of the movies that are quite harmful to young people, just like Twilight. It tires so hard to explore young love when really it's exploring insanity and passing it off as young love. It's a clear case of the screenwriters not knowing what they're talking about and the director didn't know what he was doing. I invite you to join me exploring this madness of a movie.
To start, this film is trying too hard to be a Romeo and Juliet type story. except Endless Love is a huge mess from beginning to end. . 17 year old David (Martin Hewitt) and 15 year old Jade (Brooke Shields) are madly in love. There is the first problem with this film, this relationship can actually be illegal in some states because sometimes 17 is sometimes considered the age for someone to be an adult. So in legal terms, this would be statutory rape. However, Jade's parents and David's parents seem to be perfectly okay with this at the beginning of the film. Suddenly out of nowhere, Jade's dad suddenly realizes this is wrong (or maybe he just see's David as an inconvenience) and forbids Jade from seeing David. From there, Endless Love goes from an overly melodramatic film to a really bad Lifetime Original Movie. David ends up acting like a paranoid schizophrenic who is addicted to love. All he thinks about is Jade 24/7 and really this film becomes somewhat of a delusional fantasy. This isn't an innocent story of young love, this is a crash course on mental illness. The reason why this movie really pisses me off is because Jade does very little to nothing to end this damaging and unhealthy relationship She tries once but then after some force from David she just gives in. I guess in this world 5 No's equals a yes.
The acting is way off in this movie, in particular Brooke Shield's. Now I don't want to be too hard on her because I think this was one of her first movies, but still I call it like I see it. She literally offers nothing to this role and really doesn't try to stand out in this movie. I guess the rest of the cast holds up okay, however Shirley Knight plays in the role of Jade's mother Anne and really is the most despicable character in the film. Not only does she flirt and seduce David throughout the entire movie, but she ultimately let's her kids go wild with no rules or boundaries. I understand if you don't want to be like other parents that are strict and overbearing. However, that doesn't excuse the fact that you are just as bad a mother as Jerliee's mom from "The Lonely Lady". Also, there is this really disgusting scene where Anne literally watches Jade have sex with David in the living room.... Do you Hate her yet?
Let's face it, the only reason why this movie was famous was because of the Oscar nominated song "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross (which isn't a bad song) but besides that this film is just an illogical and conflicting mess. The acting is at an amateur level, the characters are cardboard cutouts (when they're not perverted or insane), the writing is terrible and no direction seems to be coming from Franco Zeffirelli.