Love Happens (2009)



Critic 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
PG-13 (for some language including sexual references)
Drama , Romance
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Dan Fogler
as Lane
Judy Greer
as Marty
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
as Unicom Executive
Tyler McClendon
as Unicom Executive
Michael Kopsa
as Unicom CEO
Patricia Harras
as Lorraine
Aurelio DiNunzio
as Moustache
Maxine Miller
as Barbara
Tim Henry
as Welling Eyes
Ellie Harvie
as Martha
Carol Hodge
as Becky
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
Zaccheus Jackson
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
Dominic Julian East
as Rogue Wave
Graham Edgar Lebron
as Rogue Wave
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Critic Reviews for Love Happens

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (30)

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 8, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Love isn't inspired, it's hammered flat like Khrushchev's shoe.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent.

Full Review… | September 22, 2009
Top Critic

Hang in there Jen. You can do better.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Other stuff happens too, all of it strained and dull.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The film is part romance, part drama, part Seattle travelogue, with Washington emerging as the only true winner. Along with the benefactors of the movie's copious product placements, that is.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love Happens

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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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
Melvin White

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