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‘Endless Love’ Trailer: Lionel Richie, Where are You?

The trailer for Endless Love touts that its star-crossed lovers (and presumably us folks in the audience, too) will “say goodbye to innocence.” It’s a surprisingly easy pill to swallow, especially when 75% of the trailer consists of lead actress Gabriella Wilde taking her clothes off. Let your emotions soar as she disrobes in a car! In a field! On a boat!

There’s a story to Endless Love amidst all the frenzied garment removal. Jade Butterfield (Wilde) and David Axelrod (Alex Pettyfer) come from wildly different households, but fall in love despite (or maybe, just maybe, because of) the vast gulf between them. Forces will seek to keep the two young lovers apart; forces like parents and teenage stupidity chief among them. But when Jade and David’s love spurns on an act so stupid and dangerous that their relationship is threatened forever, can the two persevere?

We’ll have to see the film to find out. Or just watch the original 1981 version of Endless Love that this film is based off of. If you’ve seen the original, you know that the biggest draw was the film’s theme, sung by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. The theme, which went on to be a truly massive hit after the film’s release, is nowhere to be found in this trailer. Instead, we get a breathy rendition of “Addicted to Love” – same basic idea, but perhaps a shade too generic. Sounds familiar, no?

Check out the trailer for Endless Love below (courtesy of MTV), along with a fun new poster and some images.

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The film hits theaters February 14, 2014.

Adam Bellotto is a freelancer writer from Virginia who moved to California because movies are super neat. His work can also be read at Perihelion Science Fiction and Starpulse, among other places.

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