With a paint-by-numbers storyline that hits on every conceivable romantic cliché and an overly bombastic score, Endless Love is so bad that it's unintentionally funny at times. Worse yet, when ham-fisted dialogue is recited by nearly expression-less actors, it doesn’t do anyone, especially the audience, any favors.

In the good ol' days, a predictable rom-com could be elevated by whoever was starring in it. No one ever doubted that the couple in question would wind up together, but if it was Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock selling it, the sugar was a whole lot easier to tolerate. The same cannot be said for Endless Love, unfortunately. It's an hour and a half of pure pain and suffering, just in time for date night.

CAUTIONS (may contain spoilers):

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Underage social drinking and teenage partying depicted. Jade’s dad is often shown with a glass of something alcoholic, too. Jade convinces David that getting high in a zoo would be a good idea.
  • Language/Profanity: A single misuse of Jesus’s name, an f-word and a smattering of other profanity including da--, as-, sh—and he--.
  • Sex/Nudity: A few sexual innuendos and crass remarks. Jade and David have sex (there’s a quick glimpse of Jade’s breasts) at her parents’ house. We also see them take a bath together in another scene (we only see them from the shoulders up) and make out in a few other scenes. Jade often wears pretty skimpy clothes and bikinis. References to an extra-marital affair.
  • Violence: A car crash leaves Jade injured. David clearly has some anger issues, and we see (and hear about) several fights he was a significant part of. Jade’s father threatens David with a baseball bat.

Publication date: February 14, 2014