Love Happens

2009

Love Happens

Critics Consensus

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

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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

Cast

Martin Sheen
as Burke's Father-in-Law
Frances Conroy
as Eloise's Mom
Sasha Alexander
as Photographer
Clyde Kusatsu
as Cab Driver
Anne Marie Deluise
as Unicom Executive
Panou
as Unicom Executive
Tyler McClendon
as Unicom Executive
Michael Kopsa
as Unicom CEO
Tim Henry
as Welling Eyes
Rekha Sharma
as Nose-Ring
Ellen Ewusie
as Hookah Waitress
Angie Scandale
as Hookah Bartender
Deirdre Blades
as Burke's Mother-in-Law
Deejay Jackson
as Hotel Bartender
Monica Marko
as Old Lady
Angus Adair
as Slam Poet
Kevan Cameron
as Slam Poet
Michael Bean
as Concierge
Michael P. Northey
as Bathroom Man
Rylee Stiles
as Lollipop Kid
Alexa Devine
as Workshopper
Larry Romero
as Workshopper
Madeline Elder
as Workshopper
Elfina Luk
as Workshopper
Glynis Davies
as Workshopper
Zach Rogue
as Rogue Wave
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Critic Reviews for Love Happens

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (91)

  • Not content with being a romcom that's trite and shallow about love, it's gone one step further - it's trite and shallow about death, too.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Both stars seem bemused in their parts and it is left to Martin Sheen and a pet parrot to emote. The parrot, in fact, is the best thing here.

    Oct 16, 2009
  • 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.

    Oct 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nina Caplan

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Everyone is trying to re-invent the rom-com at the moment and the makers of Love Happens are no exceptions. The formula they've come up with is to remove all the comedy, which is a bold choice.

    Oct 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • How can we, as a species, tolerate Jennifer Aniston with her blurry expression of emotional bravery?

    Oct 9, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Love isn't inspired, it's hammered flat like Khrushchev's shoe.

    Sep 27, 2009 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Happens

  • Jan 21, 2016
    Horrible title. Somewhat bland, stereotypical leads: widower seemingly capitalizing on tragedy and quirky gal who needs to be quirkier than Jennifer Aniston can play her. Burke's reconciliation with his father-in-law is kinda nice, and I do like a good old ASL meet-cute.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2010
    Aaron Eckhart's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film. He shines in it. I could have also seen Richard Gere play this type of role. The film itself feels unbalanced. It reminded me of films like Reign Over Me, Fearless, Nights in Roadanthe, and Message in a Bottle. It needed a rewrite. The style of the film is off and so is the pacing. It feels like 2 separate movies happening at the same time, the serious dramatic scenes from Aaron and the romantic comedy from Jennifer Aniston's scenes. They didn't blend well together. Jennifer was ok in the role but another actress in the role would have done a much better job. Also I didn't think that she had a good on screen chemistry with Aaron. Dan Fogler does a great job in his supporting role. I also could have seen Jason Alexander play that type of role. Judy Greer, Martin Sheen, and John Carroll Lynch provide solid supporting work as well. I liked the songs that are in the film. The film is worth checking out, mainly for Eckhart's performance.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2010
    In Jennifer Aniston's latest feeble romantic drama, almost nothing happens. Certainly not love or, indeed, much in the way of excitement.
    Roy G Super Reviewer

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