Franco Zeffirelli’s sappy 1981 teen romance about obsessive love across the class divide – which was based on Scott Spencer’s 1979 novel and starred a young Brooke Shields – gets a glossy remake with Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in the leads. He’s a brooding blue-collar guy from the wrong side of the tracks; she’s a sheltered rich girl who belongs with the country club set. And when they fall passionately in love, her overbearing dad (Bruce Greenwood), still mourning the death of her golden-boy elder brother from cancer, is equally passionate about putting a stop to the relationship. The ensuing love-conquers-all narrative bears as much resemblance to real life as The Lego Movie, but for all its blandness, Endless Love will be pure catnip for its target audience of teen girls.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 105 mins. Director Shana Feste.
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