“She is 15. He is 17. The love every parent fears.”
This February at the Royal Cinema, Bay Street Video invites you to gear up for Valentine’s Day with the original teen romance trashterpiece, ENDLESS LOVE!
More than a decade after bringing to the screen the definitive version of “Romeo and Juliet”, legendary director Franco Zeffirelli transposed the emotions and themes of Shakespeare’s greatest love story to the streets of contemporary suburban America. The result was a 6-time Razzie-nominated hot mess of a teenage love epic.
Jade Butterfield (Brooke Shields) and David Axelrod (Martin Hewitt) are two teenagers madly in love. So madly, that is, that their all-consuming passion blocks out everything else and they say weird things like “If you died, I’d die too,” to each other. Understandably concerned by all of this, Jade’s father bans the high school sweethearts from seeing each other. But David’s love knows no bounds, spiralling into a dark web of obsession and madness…
What sounds like a disturbing psychological thriller on paper is instead pitched by Zeffirelli and co. as a tender romantic drama, deemed “the greatest love story of all time” in press materials. Lushly shot and smothered in syrupy ballads (including the #1 hit theme song from Diana Ross and Lionel Richie), Endless Love’s tonal imbalance continues to get wonkier as the narrative keeps upping the ante with crazier plot turns, finally exploding in an epically tragic (or is it tragically epic?) conclusion. To say more would be to ruin the story’s bizarre surprises – just make sure to have your barf bag ready for all the icky moonlit lovemaking and inappropriate sexual advances throughout.
Featuring hot up-and-comers James Spader, Ian Ziering and Tom Cruise (in his first screen appearance) in supporting roles, Endless Love has emerged from criticial derision to remain a highly entertaining display of psychotic behaviour.
– Mark Hanson, BSV Product Manager
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