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Love Happens (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 18 September 2009 (USA)
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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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Brandon Camp
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Burke
Jennifer Aniston ... Eloise
Dan Fogler ... Lane
John Carroll Lynch ... Walter
Martin Sheen ... Burke's Father-in-Law
Judy Greer ... Marty
Frances Conroy ... Eloise's Mom
Joe Anderson ... Tyler
Sasha Alexander ... Photographer
Clyde Kusatsu ... Cab Driver
Anne Marie DeLuise ... Unicom Executive
Tyler McClendon ... Unicom Executive
Panou ... Unicom Executive
Michael Kopsa ... Unicom CEO
Michelle Harrison ... Cynthia
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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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Sometimes when you least expect it...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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When Burke & Eloise are on their first date, they are seen exiting the Water St. Cafe, which is a real restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, where parts of the movie were filmed. www.waterstreetcafe.ca See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, during the scene where Burke takes the group out of the hotel into the middle of the street, a Canadian flag can be seen in the background. This is because it was filmed in Vancouver, not Seattle. See more »

Quotes

Burke: I happen to know a thing or two about people. You get approached a lot. Probably have since the day you strapped on your first training bra. But you're smart, and you're creative, and you're caring and big... But, how come the guys only see the package it comes in, sure... you're flattered. But ultimately, ultimately it's tiresome because it has nothing to do with you. You were born that way, you can't take credit for it. Your insides though, that's yours. That's what you want someone to truly ...
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #24.3 (2009) See more »

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IO (This Time Around)
Written by Jim Evens
Performed by Helen Stellar
Courtesy of Helen Stellar
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Not quite what I was expecting
16 September 2009 | by gasawayeSee all my reviews

I went to a preview of this movie last night with my husband. I was expecting the standard romantic comedy chick flick. Although there are plenty of funny moments in this movie, it has an emotional depth that is very appealing. It also has another really great performance by Aaron Eckhart, who must be one of the most unappreciated actors in the business. I'm no Jennifer Aniston fan, but I have to admit she's a talented actress and not just a celebrity when I see her in a role like this. Judy Greer and Dan Fogler are great in supporting roles.

It's difficult to say much about the plot without giving most of it away. The script is full of the physco-babble you would expect in a movie about a self help guru; sometimes it comes across as intentionally silly, and sometimes it seems to have real meaning. There are small revelations made all the way through the movie that lead up to the final conclusion.

There is also unexpected eye candy in the form of beautiful floral arrangements that contrast well with the gloomy Seattle weather.

I was afraid my 56-year-old husband would complain about driving 45 minutes to see a movie like this on a week night. But he also enjoyed it, and there were no complaints. Most of the people in the theater also seemed to enjoy it, although I have to admit that they didn't laugh as much as we did. Not a "must see", but if you're looking for some good entertainment, you could do far worse.


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Language:

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Traveling See more »

Filming Locations:

Olympia, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,057,010, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$22,965,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,088,028
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