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Can the 'Endless Love' remake be worse than the '80s original?

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They're remaking Endless Love?!? Hollywood. Seriously. What gives? Is there a writer's strike we hadn't heard about? The 1981 film, which nobody claims to have seen (and yet we all know the words to the theme song by heart) featured Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt as star-crossed lovers, much to dismay of their families.

Hell yeah, it sounded familiar. Shakespeare did it earlier, and better.

And now, arriving in theaters on Valentine's Day 2014, Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer will reprise the roles and storylines in a movie that will probably only be seen by 17-year-old girls and their inappropriately aged boyfriends.

If Daft Punk does the remake of the theme song, I'm cashing out of the nostalgia business entirely.

Why am I so angry? Because Endless Love has no business getting a remake. The original was AWFUL, still scoring a 4.4 rating on IMDB (and a 23% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). The famed film critic Roger Ebert was relatively kind in his two-star review of Endless Love, saying "the movie as a whole does not understand the particular strengths of the novel that inspired it, does not convince us it understands adolescent love, does not seem to know its characters very well, and is a narrative and logical mess."

Hey, Hollywood: When considering a remake, have a purpose. Have a reason. Have a vision. Have, at the very least, good source material. Otherwise, you're just wasting your money. And our time.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:20am]

    

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