Love Happens (2009)



Critic Consensus: Love Happens is a dull, chemistry-free affair that under-utilizes its appealing leads.

Movie Info

The directorial debut of Brandon Camp concerns a widower (Aaron Eckhart) who makes a living as an expert on grieving. During the course of teaching a seminar, he meets and begins to fall for a floral designer (Jennifer Aniston), a discovery that leads him to face up to the fact he has not fully reconciled the loss of his wife. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Rating: PG-13 (for some language including sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson, Mike Thompson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 2, 2010
Box Office: $22.9M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


as Burke's Father-in-La...

as Eloise's Mom

as Photographer

as Cab Driver

as Unicom Executive

as Unicom Executive

as Unicom Executive

as Unicom Executive

as Unicom CEO

as Lorraine

as Welling Eyes

as Nose-Ring

as Hookah Waitress

as Hookah Bartender

as Burke's Mother-in-La...

as Hotel Bartender

as Old Lady

as Slam Poet

as Slam Poet

as Concierge

as Bathroom Man

as Lollipop Kid

as Workshopper

as Workshopper

as Workshopper

as Workshopper

as Workshopper

as Rogue Wave
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Love Happens

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Love Happens

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (29)

The sorrowing widower is a great subject for film romance; but the point is to let the girl have a proper crack at cheering him up. And, as always with love, a GSOH would help.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Too bad the filmmakers didn't realize [its] potential, and instead, decided to ignore the special relationship that these two characters could have had by throwing in a lot of irrelevant and clichéd material.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012

For as much as this movie tries to wrap itself around an emotionally powerful story, I felt there was a great emptiness inside.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

...the movie finally packs a surprisingly resonant emotional punch...

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Call it a romantic comedy or romantic drama; you're still not going to giggle, your heart won't be warmed and ultimately, you'll leave unsatisfied.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010

While there is no doubting the appeal of Eckhart and Aniston as a screen couple, their scenes together come over as decidedly slight when compared to the weightier issues raised by the movie as a whole.

Full Review… | February 24, 2010
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Love Happens

Burke: During your travels, it's important to always keep one thing in mind: when one thing ends, something else begins. 

"Sometimes when you least expect it..."

I'll admit, I'm a sucker for a good romance film, and Love Happens fits that bill for me. It was missing something that would catapult it to one of my favorite romances, but as it is, it's a beautiful and moving piece of filmmaking. It's not quite like other movies that populate the genre. It's unique and it follows its own path, even if that path leads to the same place.

A self-help author who lost his wife three years earlier goes to Seattle for a sold-out seminar. While there he meets a florist, fresh out of a relationship. While getting to know her, he starts to realize that even though he coaches people on how to move on from a loved ones death; he himself can't do that, and maybe Eloise(the florist) is the perfect person to help his with it.

Initially, I decided to give the film a chance because I'll watch anything with Aaron Eckhart or Judy Greer in it. I'm not a fan of Jennifer Aniston, but in Love Happens; she gives a good performance. Eckhart was, like usual, very good. A good supporting cast goes a long way in making the movie what it is as well. 

It could be argued that Love Happens pulls on the heartstrings a little to often, but it could be argued that Elephants are to big. Love Happens is what it is. Yeah, it pulls the tearjerker card at times, but the important thing is that when it does, it works. The movie isn't looking for tears that don't come, at least in my case. I really enjoyed the film and I recommend it to anyone who has any love at all for a good romance.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

this film is the story of a man, Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart), who has made a career out of his denial after his wife was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Writing a self-help book which became a best seller, Burkes agent, Lane (Dan Folger) has scheduled him on a whirlwind tour around the nation which has, after three years, returned him to his hometown of Seattle and It is his return to the city of his loss that begins his healing.

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

Love Happens Quotes

– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Love Happens on our Movie forum!