Endless Love comes to heat up theaters just in time for Valentine's Day. The film stands out as one of the only romantic ones for audiences wanting to take their date to the movies to celebrate the holiday.
An innocent girl falls in love with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but filmmakers add a steamy element by casting a couple with undeniable chemistry.
All good love stories need an element of drama. Needless to say, Jade's parents aren't happy as her feelings intensify, and David's past comes back to haunt him.
Here's all you need to know about the film that lets audiences believe in the power of first loves.
1. Both Leads Are British
With Pop Crush, 23-year-old Pettyfer talked about his English connection with his costar, which made things easier during filming.
Gabriella is so easy [to work with]. Because she’s English, I think we have a connection that way. Yeah, she’s such a sweetheart. She’s just a lovely, lovely woman.
Producer Josh Schwartz describes the palpable chemistry between Pettyfer and Wilde.
The first time we saw Alex and Gabriella on screen, everyone was very aware of their chemistry. You just felt it was there. Beyond the fact that they are both very attractive people, you felt this real connection between them.
2. It's a Movie Remake, Based on a Book
...a love-struck teenager accidentally burns down his girlfriend's house after he's told he cannot see her again, an incident that plays indelibly in his mind for the next 30 years and changes both his life and his girlfriend's life forever.
The film is modeled after Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film, starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. It's also know for debuting the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross song as well as Tom Cruise. (It was his first movie role.)
Pettyfer told Pop Crush that in the '80s, the film was pretty controversial.
The original is very different from our movie. I mean, it was a different time back then. I think because it was set in the ’80s the subject matter was quite controversial whereas ours is very light-hearted. It’s a much simpler movie.
3. There's a Sex Scene
The power of the couple's intense first love is shown in a love-making session in the PG-13-rated film.
In the passionate scene, David takes Jade's virginity, which proved somewhat difficult for the actors.
Pettyfer told Pop Crush about what is was like to film the steamy scene.
You think that they would be very easy, but they’re hard. It’s very mechanical. You know, you get into something. You start to feel a certain way, and then you look to the right of you and there’s like 12 burly men standing over you with lights and cameras and such.
Still, it is an intimidating thing. The fact that the director is a woman helped calm me down for the big moments.
4. It Was Produced By the 'Gossip Girl' and 'The O.C.' Team
The duo knew exactly how they wanted to portray the teen love story on screen.
Stephanie and I have worked together for a long time, and we love classic teen drama. We wanted to create a modern-day epic love story that still feels grounded, believable and has a bit of a 'Romeo and Juliet' quality to it.
5. It Has a Powerful Soundtrack
Tegan and Sara also wrote "Don't Find Another Love" for the compilation. Listen to the song on the band's website.