Love Happens (2009)

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Love Happens (2009)
  • Time: 109 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Brandon Camp
  • Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Martin Sheen

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.

One review

  • By watching its poster and trailer (not to mention its main actors), it seems that the film Love Happens is another typical romantic comedy destined to perpetuate the artificial love fantasies popular entertainment regularly brings us. However, this film’s reality is a bit more complicated, because even though the main formula from the genre is used in here, Love Happens is more of a drama, which bored me pretty much, but I cannot deny it has a brilliant performance from Aaron Eckhart.

    If the leading role had been given to a less talented actor (like, for example, Matthew McConaughey), this film would have been atrocious. But Eckhart is absolutely flawless in his character, and the mere intensity he brings to his presence is what makes Love Happens to seem better than what it really is. However, I do not see too many more positive elements in this film. To start with, Jennifer Aniston feels a bit bland on her role, and the screenplay has a combination of incompatible elements which damage the drama with forced frivolity. As an example, I can mention a sequence during the second half of the movie, which should be its narrative axis…and instead of that, it becomes into a stupid slapstick routine with the help of a cockatoo.Yes…it is as horrible as it sounds. And, as the ending gets closer, the level of hollow sentimentality increases to the point of the auto-parody. By the way, the obligatory “big gesture” at the end tries to make us cry at all costs, but it frankly made me laugh.

    Despite Eckhart’s excellent performance, I cannot recommend Love Happens, because it bored me very much, and, in my case, it was unintentionally funny near the ending.

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