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A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing.

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Storyline

Burke is a motivational speaker whose 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 - it goes badly. What's blocking Burke? Can the physician heal himself. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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18 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£559,724 (UK) (9 October 2009)

Gross:

$22,927,390 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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Trivia

The interior of Eloise's Garden was actually a high-end lingerie shop in Vancouver. The filmmaker's redressed it as a flower shop. See more »

Goofs

When Walter enters the hotel lobby and sees Burke, he puts the "A-OK!" lanyard on backwards, with the solid blue side facing out, and the camera cuts to a smiling Burke. When it cuts back to Walter, the lanyard is around his neck with the name tag side correctly facing outward. See more »

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Burke: [first lines, in voice-over] Chapter one. Sometimes, despite your best efforts otherwise, life will give you lemons. When that happens, you've got two choices, friend: you can wear a sour face or make lemonade.
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Written by Curt Sobel, Gary Schreiner
Performed by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
Courtesy of Palisades Music Productions
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Uninspired, recycled with no character development
14 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Awful waste of time during which not once was I emotionally invested in the characters - it was difficult to exercise empathy when the scenarios were so entirely clichéd, recycled and the characters so predictable, wooden, underdeveloped and devoid of any real charm. I am usually the first to cry and laugh at a good Rom Com and Love Happens only succeeded in making me cringe and pity Jennifer Aniston and wonder what happened between the Break Up and here. She seems to be playing out the romantic tragedies in her own personal life on-screen but to a cliché-ridden script. And, the vast number of product placements were horrifying. To be avoided at all costs, especially for genuine believers of love, like me! The 3 is for all the efforts put into the movie but not for the overall outcome.


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