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Film review

Remade romance is watered-down story

Alex Pettyfer plays David and Gabriella Wilde is Jade in “Endless Love”, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy who fall in love but run into parental interference. (Norman Jean Roy/Universal Pictures)
Alex Pettyfer plays David and Gabriella Wilde is Jade in “Endless Love”, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy who fall in love but run into parental interference. (Norman Jean Roy/Universal Pictures)
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Kids, this is not your parents’ “Endless Love.” Scott Spencer’s novel of a romantic obsession so strong that it flirts with mental illness has had its sharp edges rubbed off, its dramatic weight lifted and its focus shifted in this adaptation from the director of “Country Strong.” There’s nothing dangerous about this teen love on steroids. There’s no showcase sex scene, the selling point of the infamous 1981 Brooke Shields/Franco Zeffirelli adaptation. The kids here ...

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