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Love Happens (2009)

Aaron Eckhart , Jennifer Aniston , Brandon Camp  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler, Judy Greer, Joe Anderson
  • Directors: Brandon Camp
  • Writers: Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson
  • Producers: Scott Stuber, Mike Thompson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZFEQ76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Happens" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Giving Romance a New Look
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Brandon Camp, Producer/Co-Writer Mike Thompson and Executive Producer Richard Solomon

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    Product Description

    Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star in the romantic drama Love Happens. When self-help author Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets florist Eloise Chandler (Aniston), the one person who might be able to help him help himself. But will two people who may have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love a chance? If they can, they’ll find that sometimes, when you least expect it…love happens.

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    Is timing everything? That's the premise of the sweet and frothy Love Happens, a satisfying romantic comedy starring two of America's most versatile and attractive actors, Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. Love has the power, as viewers secretly know, to swoop in and change lives--even at the most inopportune times. And Eckhart and Aniston are achingly believable, as the two who would (futilely) fight the fates.

    Eckhart plays Dr. Burke Ryan, a motivational guru whose bestselling books and seminars purportedly are to help the masses deal with their feelings of grief and loss--but he also finds he uses his massive success as an excellent device to distance himself from his own feelings. Aniston is a successful florist, who, after a string of really bad relationships (her pal says, "you tend to fall for guys with expiration dates right on their foreheads"), has sworn off men. The two meet cute when they literally bump into each other in the Seattle hotel where Eckhart is holding a seminar. It's to both actors' great credit that what seems like an instant connection is really quite believable, though of course the characters' first instinct is to each run the other way. Eckhart and Aniston have believable, adult chemistry, something often missing from contemporary American film. Their emotional baggage has shaped them, and must be opened, organized, and then properly stowed for takeoff; Love Happens gives careful attention to that all-too-necessary process.

    Martin Sheen has an excellent supporting role as the father of Burke's late wife--and who clearly sees the pain his son-in-law is steeping in, despite success beyond his wildest dreams. Director and co-writer Brandon Camp (John Doe) has a sure knack for dialogue and for connecting characters. He also is adept at letting a setting--in this case, Seattle--develop as a moody and appropriate backdrop for his story. (Though purists and Seattleites will have fun watching for the many breaks in continuity, between shots of the city and of Vancouver, where much of the film was shot.) "You have to give yourself permission to live your life again," Burke's friend (Dan Fogler) urges him. Words to live--and love--by. --A.T. Hurley


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    42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Death, where is thy sting.... February 4, 2010
    Format:DVD
    It is not often that 'popular romance comedies' have the courage to tackle issues like death and grieving and make the story work, but such is the case with LOVE HAPPENS, a good little film written (with Mike Thompson) and directed by Brandon Camp. And it helps to have a solid cast of popular and well-schooled actors to pull off a subject that might make a few people uneasy.

    Dr. Burke (Aaron Eckhart) is a seminar man who runs a business with his colleague Lane (Dan Fogler) based on helping people cope with grief - a group called 'A-Okay'. Burke is a popular guru, more so because of his reason for ministering to grievers: his beloved wife died three years ago in a car accident so Burke can speak about grief from experience. But it seems he is running away from something, too. Most of his followers don't notice, but one man Walter (John Carroll Lynch) is a particularly needy client and seems to pick up on something missing in Burke's seminars. Burke is currently in Seattle (his deceased wife's home) with his manager Lane (who is cooking up all manner of marketing tools and opportunities for the A-Okay team). Burke happens to literally bump into Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) who owns a flower business catering to the hotel in which the seminar is being staged. Eloise seems addicted to losers, and is freshly apart from her latest affair: she is comforted and supported by her sole employee, the somewhat dingy Marty (Judy Greer in a terrific cameo), who encourages Eloise to look for some stability in her next mate.

    Burke is attracted to Eloise but is so out of practice in the dating game that he comes across as vulnerable - a trait that makes Eloise wary at first and attracted later.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just in time for Valentines Day, a REAL romance. February 10, 2010
    Format:DVD
    "Love Happens" is the perfect name for this true turn of heart film.

    Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star as florist (Eloise Chandler) and self help guru (Dr Burke Ryan) as they slowly run through each others' emotional defensive shields. Dr Ryan, is a successful self help speaker who helps people deal with grief and loss, but cannot deal with his own issues. Eloise Chandler is a florist with several 'lost' relationships. Through the film both main characters dodge what is happening, and when they least expect it, love truly happens.

    So much for the summary.

    Unlike man films with truly predictable outcomes and even dialogue, Love Happens, falls just outside the envelope. It is not predictable, but more believable as far as scripting goes. Not sappy, but sappy enough for the lover of chick flicks, it strikes the right chord.

    Both Aniston and Eckhart are believable in their roles. Their onscreen chemistry is remarkable and renders this film one of the best in current memory.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful December 23, 2010
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    I found this movie to be extremely helpful in the time I needed support the most. My little brother died obout a month ago. When I came home from the funeral this movie was in my mailbox from Netflix. I didn't even realize it was partly about letting go and taking the time needed to mourn the loss of our loved ones. I'm so thankful for watching this movie.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Knock Me Over With A Feather! February 23, 2011
    Format:DVD
    I thoroughly dislike chick flicks, and rom-coms are just flat out annoying. So why do I like LOVE HAPPENS? Believe me, I gave this film every chance to bug me to the point I would stop watching, but it never happened. So again, why? I'll try to hack out a soppy answer.

    Chemistry. There is a legitimate chemistry between LOVE HAPPENS stars Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart; they're not cookie cutter one-dimensionals that populate so many other films of this genre--these characters are believable, interact believably, and harbor true anguish and pain. Eckhart, playing self-help guru Burke (who has penned a bestseller about how to deal with pain and loss), by fate meets Eloise (Aniston), who is the florist for the Seattle hotel where Burke is conducting a seminar. Even though Burke is helping others cope with their grief, it becomes more and more obvious he's bottling up some pain of his own. (His wife having died in an auto accident some years before.) Meanwhile Eloise has been in one disastrous relationship after another, but she has a heart of gold and is willing to help Burke--if Burke will first help himself. All of this rushes headlong to a climactic scene featuring an interaction between Burke and his former father-in-law (Martin Sheen is very special); this scene was so compelling and poignant and tender I had to keep reminding myself I normally don't like movies like this.

    Sure, much of the film is sappy and contrived, and Eloise's habit of leaving obscure words behind paintings at the hotel struck me as more than annoying, but overall I very much enjoyed LOVE HAPPENS. Dan Fogler and John Carroll Lynch stand out amidst a solid supporting cast. There's pain, there's humor, there's romance, there's anguish--in short, there's life. Why? Because LOVE HAPPENS.
    --D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    This movie reminds me a lot of other films in the same genre. It resembles a trainwreck.

    The saddest thing about the whole pie is that it took two knuckleheads to actually write it.

    By the end, I didn't really realize that love happened, I just kept thinking that it was a really long seminar in Seattle and that nothing was resolved at all...and what kind of seminar is this, anyway? I couldn't tell if he was a motivational speaker, a grief counselor or a lying hypocrite. Maybe the answer is All of the Above.

    Aaron Eckhart plays a motivational counseling hypocrite who has lost his wife in a devastating car accident. Don't worry if you miss the flashback the first time because it's rehashed at least eight more times throughout this masterpiece. They just speed up the film rate (aka slow motion) of the dog on the rainy road for maximum impact...but it honestly just makes you laugh the more they show it.

    Anyway, Aaron sees a pretty flower girl who sure lounges around this hotel lobby an awful lot. It seems like she should be in housekeeping as opposed to a florist. Her name is Jennifer Anniston. He asks her out and they fumble their way through scenes for about an hour + where nothing really happens and neither character is remotely interesting.

    A bad sign for a romantic comedy is when neither character has any redeeming quality. Eckhart sits around, drinks vodka and feels sorry for himself regarding the loss of his wife....yet he runs a seminar on trying to help people how to cope with a loss. There's a bumbling character that wants to quit the seminar, who lost his son, and the filmmakers stumble their way trying to make this some sort of subplot...
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    Do you know if this condition is specific to any particular brand of player? I was unable to play this had on a Panasonic BD35 (tried two Netflix discs). I don't know if BD live was disabled, since my machine isn't connected to the internet.
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