‘Endless Love': an endless cliché of a movie

Endless Love is the story of a wealthy bookworm girl and a charming but troubled boy whose problematic love affair is made even more difficult by disapproving parents. A ridiculous script paid homage to an overly used plotline. Strange, disorganized character development, coupled with beyond-unrealistic character interaction made this film almost laughable. The relationship between David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) romantically escalates at an unbelievable pace. The film’s slogan “say goodbye to innocence” sets the tone just shortly after the two meet. Jade must then choose between a once-in-a-lifetime college internship and the boy she has just met. Much to the dismay of an over-protective father, Jade chooses to stay with David, and the two spend the rest of the summer together. The situation becomes more problematic as the couple get in trouble with the law, fathers on both sides condemn the relationship, and Jade leaves for college. A failed attempt at mixing Say Anything, The Notebook (along with other Nicholas Sparks novels), and a number of daytime soap operas, Endless Love proves how little Hollywood understands teenage love. If you’re looking for a sappy, predictable Valentine’s Day movie, Endless Love is perfect.