run time: 104 mins
considered: Drama, Romance
starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Anna Enger
movie summary: Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) is a shy girl who just graduated from high school with her career as a future heart surgeon awaiting her at Brown University. She has spent the last few years of school hiding in the library studying her butt off instead of mopping around because her brother Chris died. He was a star athlete and destined to follow in their dad’s footsteps, but once he died suddenly all the family pressure fell on Jade who dropped all her friends and life in order to keep her dad happy. Her life is about to be turned upside down on graduation day when fellow classmate David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer) finally gets up the courage to talk to her.
David (Alex Pettyfer) is a good-looking guy who is not the most popular guy in the class, but a guy who is liked because he works hard in his dad’s mechanic shop and is never afraid to get his hands dirty. When he approaches Jade she is instantly drawn to him because he isn’t like any other guy she has ever met. He tries his best to break her out of anti-social shell and show her all the wonderful things in life. They begin to see each other every day and their romance blossoms to the point where they are spending every free moment together. They only have the summer months to be together because Jade has been accepted to a highly prestigious internship and will be leaving earlier for school than normal. She falls so deeply in love with David that she is contemplating not going to the internship which raffles a few feathers with her dad Hugh (Bruce Greenwood).
Hugh is one of the best heart surgeons in the Atlanta area who only wants the best for his daughter and family. Once he realizes Jade’s love obsession with David and that their relationship is clouding her judgement in regards to “the plan”, he steps in and attempts to put an end to the romance. After Jade decides to skip the internship and spend more time with David, Hugh packs up the family and heads to the lake house where he thinks everyone can refocus on what’s important in life. Jade’s brother Keith (Rhys Wakefield) brings his girlfriend to the lake, so Jade uses the opportunity to bring a guest and invites David which just infuriates her dad. The couple spend the afternoons in the lake and cuddling by the fire at night. David has brought a light to the family who were still experiencing some very dark days, Keith likes him because he has never seen his sister so happy, while Jade’s mom Anne feels inspired to write again because of how hopeless romantic he is towards her daughter. Hugh spends his free time digging into David’s past to find out he has an arrest record. He kicks David out of the house which upsets Jade who chases him down but ends in a really bad car accident. At the hospital Hugh shows up and serves David’s father Harry (Robert Patrick) with a restraining order.
The family returns home with Jade’s heart completely shattered, so she sneaks away to see David but his dad will not allow her to break the restraining order. Hugh has finally got everything he wanted, his daughter is following in her brother’s footsteps and his family appears to be back to normal. He has been so focused on himself and the memory of Chris that his family and marriage have completely fallen apart and he has no clue of the damage he has caused chasing a dream.
Jade goes off to college and tries to move on, while David has stayed back in town and never gave up on their relationship. He reaches out to her mom in an attempt to contact Jade. He has bought an open ticket to anywhere in the world so they can run away together. Her mom gives him information about her return for Christmas and where he can meet her at the airport. Hugh gets word that David is at the airport and tries to get every security guard in the airport to arrest David and send him to jail. Jade shows up at the exit gate all alone even though the run away plan has already be set in motion. Both Hugh and Jade return to the house where Jade packs her bag, David shows up and Hugh attacks him with a baseball bat. Jade steps in and Hugh breaks down realizing he has failed and lost everything. Neither of them are aware of a candle that has started a fire upstairs which forces Hugh to run into the house to save all of Chris’ things. The fire grows out of control and the smoke gets thicker making almost impossible to see, but Jade pleads for David to run and save her dad. David runs into the inferno and searches for Hugh who refuses to leave Chris’ room. David attempts to drag him out but the roof collapses separating the two, leaving both men to save themselves or put their differences aside to save each other.
my thoughts: The very first thing I want to talk about is Bruce Greenwood and how he is the perfect @$$hole. I have always hated him because of his roles in Double Jeopardy and Rules of Engagement, but actually gave him a chance when he was Captain Pike in the Star Trek reboot. He returns to his scumbag roots as Jade’s father who will use every dirty trick in the book to put an end to their relationship, while keeping a few skeletons in his own closet. On top of being a horrible dad and husband, he does exceptionally well at clinging to his dead son’s hopes and dreams while putting his kids through the trauma of living up to his legacy.
Alex Pettyfer has always been cast as the rich good-looking guy that any girl would be lucky to be with it. This time he is still the good-looking guy, but comes from a modest upbringing, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and believes in true love. His relationship with Gabriella Wilde’s character Jade isn’t the greatest on-screen romance we’ve ever seen but the happiness they bring each other makes you root for them to be together at the end. She is the rich girl who doesn’t have all the great things that money usually brings because of tragedy, but is lucky enough to meet one person who will try his best to give her everything life can offer.
Endless Love is a typical hopeless romantic story that has a very predictable story and ending despite strong performances from its star-studded lineup.
my star rating: 6 out 10
imdb.com: 6.3 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 15% out 100%
metascore: 30 out 100