Rating: PG-13, for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying.
This remake of the 1981 drama that helped make Brooke Shields a star is pretty much completely different. The names and some details are the same, but writer-director Shana Feste taken out all the crazy that marked Franco Zeffirelli’s film. Feste’s take on this tale of forbidden teen love plays more like an extended Abercrombie & Fitch ad, with its gorgeous lead actors frolicking in idyllic settings. Alex Pettyfer stars as the smart, decent-hearted mechanic’s son who dares to fall for Gabriella Wilde’s character, a wealthy, sheltered cardiologist’s daughter. They make out everywhere, have sex on the carpet in front of a fireplace and engage in partying that’s alluded to but never shown. Despite his hunky dreaminess, Pettyfer’s character also has a temper — he punches a couple of guys and gets arrested. This is probably fine for older tweens/young teens and up.