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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Burke
... Eloise
... Lane
... Walter
... Burke's Father-in-Law
... Marty
... Eloise's Mom
... Tyler
... Photographer
... Cab Driver
... Unicom Executive
... Unicom Executive
... Unicom Executive
... Unicom CEO
... Cynthia
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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...

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Drama | Romance

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

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,057,010, 20 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,927,390, 30 October 2009
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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 »

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Burke probably wouldn't have been able to find "poppysmic" in a dictionary because it isn't typically recognized as a real word in most dictionaries or spell-checkers. The only writer in English known to have used the word was James Joyce, in a stage direction in Ulysses: "FLORRY WHISPERS TO HER. WHISPERING LOVEWORDS MURMUR, LIPLAPPING LOUDLY, POPPYSMIC PLOPSLOP." 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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Lake Michigan
Written by Zach Rogue
Performed by Rogue Wave
Courtesy of Brushfire Records and Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Uninspired, recycled with no character development
14 February 2010 | by 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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