Based on the 1979 novel by Scott Spencer and following the 1981 film starring Brooke Shields, director Shana Feste (Country Strong) uses two beautiful former models to play the teen lovers.
Gabriella Wilde is Jade Butterfield, a good daughter and a good student. She lives a privileged life with her parents (Joely Richardson and Bruce Greenwood). Her father is a cardiologist and she plans to follow in his footsteps. Everything is running smoothly for the young beauty until she meets a boy that she's crazy about and her dad can't stand.
Jade meets David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer) parking cars at a restaurant. David's father (Robert Patrick) is a mechanic and he expects to become one also. David's blue collar background is a big problem for Jade's father, and he disapproves of the match no matter how much the boy tries to impress him.
The camera loves these two young stars. They move in slow motion, splash together with water glistening on their skin, and pretty much have close-ups throughout the film.
The original film was less safe. Released on Valentine's Day and perhaps aimed at a younger audience, this film seems to highlight the teen's forbidden love and is less about the growing and dangerous conflict.