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Love Happens (2009)

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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

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...

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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traveling See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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1.85 : 1
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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 Burke is releasing Rocky the cockatoo, the weather conditions vary from authentically grey and misty, to sunny with fake fog, and back again, repeatedly. See more »

Quotes

Burke: During your travels, it's important to always keep one thing in mind: when one thing ends, something else begins.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode #24.3 (2009) See more »

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We Will Become Silhouettes
Written by Benjamin Gibbard, James Tamborello (as Jimmy Tamborello)
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Incoherent, Flat Waste of Time
11 October 2009 | by Danusha_GoskaSee all my reviews

I read all the bad reviews "Love Happens" received and convinced myself that they were written by cynical, sensation-hungry reviewers who prefer the likes of Anton Chigurh to wholesome romance. Boy, was I wrong. "Love Happens" is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The fault is entirely the script's. "Love Happens" script feels like a rough draft a Hollywood wannabe would hand in at a weekend workshop. "Love Happens" is completely incoherent. It never gels even into, simply, a coherent bad movie. It just careens from a series of aborted attempts to be a tearjerker, a romantic comedy, a trip through Seattle's colorful coffeehouses, and a commentary on advice gurus and their bestsellers.

There are some moments that feel like they might lift this mess off the ground. John Carroll Lynch is both poignant and frightening as a bereaved father who can't get over his son's death. We get to ogle Aaron Eckhart's abs as he broods beside a beautifully lit pool. Jennifer Aniston plays a florist; she reads a series of poignant cards that accompanied bouquets. One character owns a pet sulfur-crested cockatoo, and the bird is very pretty. Really, you grasp at straws trying to find something to enjoy in this movie.

But then the movie decides to do something massively stupid and crude, like set that sulfur-crested cockatoo, a bird from the Australian outback, free in a foggy Pacific Northwest evergreen forest. It would starve in days, everyone in the audience knows that, and you wonder why the characters on screen do not. And you realize how idiotic this movie is.

And what the heck is going on with Jennifer Aniston's character, Eloise? Every moment Aniston was on screen, I was struggling really hard to like or respect her. Her character is unlike any living female I've ever met. She had the polished make-up and hair extensions of a Hollywood power player, but she wore ugly scarves and seemed to completely lack a personality. You can't really do that, Jennifer – you can't be both obvious star and self-effacing girl-next-door.

By the way, Love does not Happen in this movie. Aniston and Eckhart have zero chemistry. Blame the director. In their own ways, both of these actors can be interesting, and had some sparks been struck between them, this could have been a memorable film.


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