Love Happens

2009, Drama/Romance, 1h 49m

110 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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

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Dr. Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) is a self-help guru who is on the verge of a lucrative multimedia deal. But there's a problem: though he advises his patients to confront their pain, Burke has never come to terms with his wife's death. Eloise Chandler (Jennifer Aniston) has had enough of men and dating, and is busy concentrating on her floral business. When they meet, Burke and Eloise feel an instant attraction, but wonder if they'll be able to let go of their painful pasts and embrace the future.

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  • 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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