Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star in the romantic drama Love Happens. When self-help author Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets florist Eloise Chandler (Anis... more »ton), the one person who might be able to help him help himself. But will two people who may have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love a chance? If they can, they?ll find that sometimes, when you least expect it?love happens.« less
Natalie D. (natd) from GRAHAM, TX Reviewed on 11/14/2013...
My husband & I really enjoyed this movie!
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Pamela G. (pamgram1) from CHAFFEE, MO Reviewed on 6/9/2011...
I loved this movie and it will most definitely pull at your heart strings! Also gives you the happy / feel good bubbles too.
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Jonathan H. (bigjohn84) from WILLIAMSTOWN, KY Reviewed on 3/18/2011...
great movie love it
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Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA Reviewed on 10/15/2010...
I want so badly to love all of Jennifer Aniston's films because she is such a likeable persona, but this just fell flat for me. It was a completely predictable romance, and nothing about the movie stood out. The acting wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. Same for the writing, characters, and cinematography. Mediocrity is pretty much the theme here. There's a good chance that if you watch this movie, you won't feel as though you wasted your time, but you won't remember watching it a couple months down the road.
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Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 2/25/2010...
This is an unexpected movie. Perhaps because I am a guy and don't expect to like any drama that doesn't have a bodycount...
Aaron Eckart does a fantastic job with his character, and Jennifer Aniston is a different character for her.
This movie is not a love story, the movie is about pain and hardships, and how in the middle of it all sometimes love happens; and it isn't allows romantic love, sometimes it is just a friend doing something special and heartwarming that catches you by surprise.
The movie is about pain, so it has a deep subject, and it would be really hard to take but they do a good job of lacing it with some lighthearted comedy, though you should keep a box of tissue around if you cry during movies, because this one is quite touching.
Good movie, but I'm not sure it is worth owning, but it is definitely worth a watch.
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Death, where is thy sting....
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 02/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is not often that 'popular romance comedies' have the courage to tackle issues like death and grieving and make the story work, but such is the case with LOVE HAPPENS, a good little film written (with Mike Thompson) and directed by Brandon Camp. And it helps to have a solid cast of popular and well-schooled actors to pull off a subject that might make a few people uneasy.
Dr. Burke (Aaron Eckhart) is a seminar man who runs a business with his colleague Lane (Dan Fogler) based on helping people cope with grief - a group called 'A-Okay'. Burke is a popular guru, more so because of his reason for ministering to grievers: his beloved wife died three years ago in a car accident so Burke can speak about grief from experience. But it seems he is running away from something, too. Most of his followers don't notice, but one man Walter (John Carroll Lynch) is a particularly needy client and seems to pick up on something missing in Burke's seminars. Burke is currently in Seattle (his deceased wife's home) with his manager Lane (who is cooking up all manner of marketing tools and opportunities for the A-Okay team). Burke happens to literally bump into Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) who owns a flower business catering to the hotel in which the seminar is being staged. Eloise seems addicted to losers, and is freshly apart from her latest affair: she is comforted and supported by her sole employee, the somewhat dingy Marty (Judy Greer in a terrific cameo), who encourages Eloise to look for some stability in her next mate.
Burke is attracted to Eloise but is so out of practice in the dating game that he comes across as vulnerable - a trait that makes Eloise wary at first and attracted later. The odd things the two do in the mating dance finally result in the uncovering of the secret problems Burke carries. Refreshingly enough the film does not sell out with a happy-wappy ending, just a few thoughts that are particularly tender.
Eckhart and Aniston are a terrific team on the screen: both are lovable without resorting to being sappy and repetitive. Fogler and Greer are excellent as are such fine actors as Martin Sheen and Frances Conroy in memorable cameos. There is a lot to like in this film that makes it a step above the usual 'chick flicks' that were more popular in theaters. Perhaps audiences, sadly, have difficulty hearing about grieving, but death, as well as Love, happens! Grady Harp, February 10"
Just in time for Valentines Day, a REAL romance.
Tim Lasiuta | Red Deer, Alberta | 02/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Love Happens" is the perfect name for this true turn of heart film.
Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star as florist (Eloise Chandler) and self help guru (Dr Burke Ryan) as they slowly run through each others' emotional defensive shields. Dr Ryan, is a successful self help speaker who helps people deal with grief and loss, but cannot deal with his own issues. Eloise Chandler is a florist with several 'lost' relationships. Through the film both main characters dodge what is happening, and when they least expect it, love truly happens.
So much for the summary.
Unlike man films with truly predictable outcomes and even dialogue, Love Happens, falls just outside the envelope. It is not predictable, but more believable as far as scripting goes. Not sappy, but sappy enough for the lover of chick flicks, it strikes the right chord.
Both Aniston and Eckhart are believable in their roles. Their onscreen chemistry is remarkable and renders this film one of the best in current memory.
Very weak movie, zero chemistry between stars
T. Johnson | Portland, OR | 04/07/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I just watched this movie, and we agreed that it was a very weak effort. We both like this kind of movie, we both like Aaron and Jennifer but there was just no chemistry between them at all, and we did not come to care about either character they played. Neither character seemed to have any substance to them, just one or two obvious traits for the plot to develop. It's a barely passable movie. If you're really desperate for another romance movie, I suppose it can pass the time OK, but I can't recommend it. John Carrol Lynch, Dan Fogler, and Judy Greer were all more interesting to watch than the leads, who seemed to be going through the motions."
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 03/10/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Burke is a motivational speaker who's book about dealing with grief is a best seller. His wife died in a car accident three years ago. He's in Seattle to lead a week-long workshop on healing and to negotiate a major multi-media deal. But something's amiss: he's a closet drinker, he won't ride elevators, his moods swing, he's estranged from his wife's father, and he's very much alone. In a hotel hallway, he bumps into a woman arranging flowers, tries to chat with her, and gets the brush-off. She's Eloise, a local florist who's just broken up with a boyfriend. He's persistent and they eventually go to dinner and it goes badly. There are some smiles during the movie, but it is actually a light drama dealing with bereavement and grief. I thought this movie was ok. I thought Aaron's character was interesting. However, Jennifer was just Jennifer.
B. Blaylock | 03/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whatever one may think of this movie, it did have some great performances by Jennifer Aniston and Arron E. I, however, liked it and thought it was very refreshing to see a movie that wasn't too sappy or overwrought. If not nothing else, it's a good movie to watch on a rainy afternoon."