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Love Happens (2009)

  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 12,581 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 18 September 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:109 min
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Love Happens (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Love Happens (2009)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 12,581 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 18 September 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:109 min
  • Filming Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $22,783,960(USA)(25 October 2009)
  • Director: Brandon Camp
  • Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart and Dan Fogler
  • Original Music By: Christopher Young   
  • Soundtrack: Your Hand in Mine
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Hotel | Florist | Car Accident | Motivational Speaker | Seminar

Writing Credits By:

  • Brandon Camp (written by) &
  • Mike Thompson (written by)

Known Trivia

  • “Unicom” appears to be a combination of the names “Universal” and “Viacom”.
  • The interior of Eloise’s Garden was actually a high-end lingerie shop in Vancouver. The filmmaker’s redressed it as a flower shop.
  • Jennifer Aniston was never in Seattle during shooting of the film. Her face is never seen during the scenes depicting Seattle landmarks, a body double (who always faced away from the camera) was used instead.

Goofs: Continuity: When Walter enters the hotel lobby and sees Burke, he puts the "A-OK!" lanyard on backwards, with the solid blue side facing out, and the camera cuts to a smiling Burke. When it cuts back to Walter, the lanyard is around his neck with the name tag side correctly facing outward.

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: 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 <>  


Synopsis: The movies starts with a few image of a person cutting lemons and squeezing lemons into a glass, Burke Ryan, (Aaron Eckhart) author of the A-Okay self-help book (about moving on from grievance of death of loved ones) recited his first chapter while doing so: Chapter one, if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Only he mixes half a glass of vodka with it.

Burke packs up and heads to the airport in a sequence of scenes, but the day already started badly for him, where there was traffic on the way to the airport; his luggage never arrived at the airport, and while walking in his nice suit, it began to pour rain. He is in the city, Seattle, where he is hosting a seminar based on his book.

At the hotel, his manager, Lane (Dane Fogler) already provided a suit and had everything prepared for Burke. Burke has a fear for elevators, so he took flights of stairs to his room to change, despite staying at what seems like one of the tops floors.

As Burke changed out of his wet clothes, drank some more vodka to cool his nerves, he heads out and bumps into Eloise (Jennifer Aniston), whom seemed unusually startled, yet she was simply just providing flowers for the hotel hallways and lobby. Eloise rushed off without saying a word. Burke noticed the painting on the wall was not leveled, and he noticed that Eloise had used a sharpie to write the work QUINDUNC on the back wall (which then Burke went to the hotel gift shop and used a dictionary to find that the word means a busy person; body)

Then we see Burke have a photo shoot at the rooftop to promote his book. The photographer asks a bunch of question about the reason for the book, and this is when we find out that Burke wrote this book trying to push himself to move on from the death of his wife three years ago in a car accident. During the photo shoot, we can see that there is still very much sorrow in Burkes eyes.

Next Lane is introducing Burke to a big crowd of people who are in the city for the seminars. Burke was nervous and frowning while waiting outside, but once his name was announced, he hopped into the big conference room with the biggest smile and confidence and shook peoples hands and asks if they are A-Okay? etc. Burke then goes on to tell a story about a football coach who was on the line of getting replaced, but decided to put in efforts and wrote playbooks and ran practices and eventually went onto win a national championship with his effort. But on the night of the championship, the coach went home and put a bullet in his head. Turns out, this coach had a brother that coached with him but died during his almost replaced days. What Burke wanted people in the room to understand is that they cannot underestimate the power of grievance; nothing can be healed with just a band-aid or a sudden success; but a more in-depth sense of revelation and coming forth to face your fear and your pain. During this week long seminar there will be activities, group sessions and a bunch of other events that will help promote his book and also help these people get over their pains of losing loved ones.

One of the first thing Burke did was took the first group of people to the streets, he stopped traffic with the group in the middle of the road. Cars were honking and people were screaming for them to get out of the way. Burke patiently asks the group what they hear and see, and the group named everything they can see, including one saying middle fingers. Then Burke took the same group to the hotel rooftop, and asks them again what they see as we are able to see the beautiful shots of Seattle with the space needle and the rivers and the mountains in the background. Burkes point is that they have not changed venues, all they did was simply changed their perspectives of the same location. And this is a very important step to their recovery.

After the session Burke joined Lane in the lobby for a drink. Lane tells Burke to live a little on his off time, and that is when Burke sees Eloise arranging flowers at the lobby. Burke downs his shots and goes to ask Eloise to have a cup of coffee with him. But Eloise signaled in sign language, making Burke understands that she is muted, so Eloise walks away and out the hotel. But while outside, Eloise says bye loudly to a bellman and drives off. Burke does not hear that and is puzzled and feels dejected as he goes to his room.

Next day we see a big man who is asking one of the personnel of the seminar for a refund, and Burke overhears the commotion and comes to talk to the man. The man, Walter, unwilling explains to Burke that his sister had signed him up for this seminar due to the death of his own son, and he had driven all the way up here from Montana. Burke tells Walter that he is surrounded by people who understand this exact same pain, and he should give this place a chance. We later see Walter with a seminar pass stating that he has agreed to stay for the classes.

Eloise now brings food to her rock band boyfriend at his house, but she notices two wine glasses out and one of them was covered in lipsticks. Eloise did not even bother to listen to her boyfriend explain and she storms out and went to her office. Eloise has a little flower shop and she has one employee Marty (Judy Greer), who is a sassy and not-so-serious-about-life kinda gal. They chatted about her cheating boyfriend and Eloise takes some anger out at Marty before getting on with her day.

Back in the hotel, while Burke was signing books for people, one of the people was Burkes father-in-law (Martin Sheen, he has no name in the movie so let me just call him F-I-L). FIL mockingly tells Burke how wonderful it is to see him do so well after such a tragic accident, killing his daughter. FIL asks how can Burke make so much and look so happy after only three years of the accident, and all the while Burke was breathing hard and almost to tears. FIL calls Burke a hypocrite that he himself still has not gotten over the death of his own wife, how can he tell all these people how to do so. FIL walks away and Burke panicked.

While panicking, Burke sees Eloise at the front desk speaking to the receptionist, which fueled up his anger even more. Burke interrupted their conversation and goes on to make a speech about how pathetic it is for Eloise to have to fake a handicap to avoid any sort of human interactions with a interesting human being, and then Burke storms off to the mens restroom. Eloise comes in and make her own speech about sorry about bruising his ego but does he expect that she falls for him and then they proceed to make some kind of hotel porn together etc. She assumed that he is married and is attempting to cheat, like her boyfriend, and storms off saying she just did both of them a favor by walking away the first time.

Burke then held a seminar about facing and confronting fears. One of the activities is to walk through a burning hot coal that is laid out on the floor. People lines up and takes off their shoes as everyone participate and walk through it quickly and are supported by everyone in the room. Then it is Walters turn, and he backs down and says that he is not going to get over his sons death by walking through a stupid hot coal. Burke emphasizes that this a step, as Burke jumps on the hot coal and stood there, asking Walter to join him as we see his feet burns. Walter hesitates, and then storms off, as Burke jumps off the coal and we see his feet badly burnt as Lane later puts a lot of aloe on it. This entire event is witnessed by Eloise while she stands outside the door and takes one of Burkes books with her.

Burke and Lane has a meeting with some corporate executive whom are very impressed at Burke and his accomplishment and want to make it a franchise which includes television and weight losing products (tying the fact that people that are depressed become obese). Burke was not attentive, but was there to listen while thinking about Eloise.

Burke then heads up to his room, but before so, he checks on every wall painting on the walls to see if there are any more words written behind them. At last, Burke finds one Poppysmic, which he later checks meant the sound of smacking lips together. Burke ordered a flower at Eloises shop with the same word on the card and asks for a dinner date. Eloise smiles and agrees.

Burke takes Eloise to a really fancy restaurant and they go on to have a really awkward date. As the date ends, Eloise could not wait to say good-bye and walks away. Burke then chases after her and first apologizes to her about how bad the date was, and then explains that this is his first date since the death of his wife. Eloise then understands his reasons and invites him to join her at her office because she has to presoak some flowers. They got to chat while Burke flips through a small box that Eloise explains are her top tens written by customers to their loved ones. Some are sad such as a father sending a wedding flower to the daughter that does not know of his existence; or the marine promising to be back in time to see the flowers bloom but never did; and the funny ones such as the 80-year-old man apologizing to his wife about the rug-burn last night.

Eloise and Burke becomes really great friends, so good that Burke was even willing to ditch a corporate meeting with the boss just to hang out with Eloise. Lane is very hurt because he is not appreciated of all the hard work in getting Burke to where he is right now. Burke apologizes, but still continues to see Eloise. One night, Eloise takes Burke home to pick up the keys to a truck, and while meeting the mother of Eloise. The mother is so excited like a teenage girl seeing Burke Ryan in real person. Eloise underestimated Burkes popularity. Eloise then drives Burke in a truck, which has one of those elevators in the back. She parks the car at a location and explains to Burke that she wanted to get tickets to see this concert for Burke but it was sold out, so she borrows this truck from Bob and they go into the elevator and raise to the top, just enough to oversee the entire concert from the parking lot. They have a wonderful time, and they later part ways with just a simple hug. This gesture makes Eloise very comfortable with Burke, but also shows how Burke is not at all over with his wife.

One night out, when Burke was with Eloise and Marty at a hookah bar, Lane walks in and asks what is going on, Burke just said he is living a little, and Lane becomes happy and joins the party and went onto have a great night. But while walking home, the group of them and some other locals walked around some pretty famous places in the Seattle city, such as a wall where millions of gums are stuck on which looks like a beautiful canvas. They visit the graves of Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee at a cemetery. As they are walking away, Marty says funerals are so tacky, but Burke disagrees stating that funeral is a very important step for people to move on. Burke says that his wifes funeral was a celebration and not a mourning. It was right here in Seattle and he says it rained all week in the March weather but that day happened to be clear skies and had his wifes favorite specific flower bloomed that same day. But knowing flowers, Eloise says those flowers do not bloom till fall, which everyone then realizes that Burke did not even attend the funeral of his wife because he was just too sad. Burke walks home with Lane following in the back.

Back at the seminar, a small group session is not really speaking out much, probably because Burkes mood is extremely bad and is very strong and harsh on some of the attendees. So Burke points out Walter and asks Walter to share his sad stories. Walter bursts into tears and sobbed while telling everyone that he is a contractor and he has not gone anywhere near a construction site ever since the death of his son. He lost his job, his wife and cannot even go to a home depot to shop. Walters son died of an accident at a construction site at a very young age. Burke feels for this story, and books a bus and takes the small group to a nearby home depot as the step that Walter needs to take. At the store, Walter is very scared and traumatized. But as the group individually picks up items and tools for Walter, he becomes familiar with his surroundings again and goes onto purchase a full cart of tools, paid for by Lane. Walter realizes that is it time to move on, and thanks Burke and gives him the only picture of his son. Burke stands there in the home depot thinking of his own fear.

Burke visits Eloise and explains that he is still not over the death of his wife, and tells her that he has not even seen his in-laws ever since the accident. One of the wifes wishes was to set their parrot free if she is no longer in this world. So Eloise takes that as her mission and drives Burke to the in-laws. Burke chickens out, and sneaks in the house from the backdoor to retrieve the bird. FIL is there but did not see Burke. Burke grabs the bird and goes to a nearby forest and sets the bird free. The bird does not go willingly, but when Burke changes his mind about letting go and runs back to retrieve the parrot, the parrot looks at him and then flew away peacefully. It is a sad moment for Burke, so he goes on a take it out on Eloise. He criticizes her for pushing him and pushing him, forcing him to do things he does not want to do. He chooses to walk home and Eloise complies and drives off.

When he finally gets back, Lane is worried, but tells him that tomorrow is such a big day because the head executive of the corporate is going to make a personal visit to see Burke. Burke then mans up and tells Lane to take the offer and that he will personally make this deal go through.

On the last day of the seminar, with the executives watching, Burke bursts into the room with the same smile and greetings and received the very same welcome. But this time was different; Burke begins to cry and tells the crowd that he cannot lie to them anymore. In the meantime, FIL is furious to find out that the parrot was stolen and he is in the same room to confront Burke. Burke says that he is standing here telling everyone what to do to move on, and the only person that has not moved on was himself. He is a hypocrite and he asks for forgiveness. Burke says he was the one driving that night, while arguing and it was pouring rain, a dog ran onto the road and he swerved and the car ran into a pole, killing the wife instantly. Burke keeps on blaming himself, and then FIL shouts out from the back saying that it was just an accident, and nothing more. FIL walks to the stage and hugs Burke, tells him that they never blame him for the death of their daughter, they just want to mourn with him together. They said they did not just lose their daughter that night, but they lost their son as well. They both cried and hugged, while the crowd erupts into a loud applause and everyone in the room cries.

After the session, people congratulate everyone, Walter asks Burke to please visit because they miss him. FIL also says thanks because Burke got rid of the damn noisy bird for him. Burke also is congratulated by the executive, who loves his style and wants to make this deal go through. Burke then leaves to pack his bag goes to find Eloise, not before finally taking the elevator.

At the store, Eloise finds a note sticking outside, (I forgot the word, but it means a person who is obsessed with big vocabs in sentences). {The word is "sesquipedalianist."} Burke walks in and tells Eloise that all this time she had been knowing a person that was still clinging onto the past and was bitter and sad, but it is a different Burke now and he is wondering if Eloise would give him a chance to know this new Burke. Marty says yes for Eloise and hides again. Burke and Eloise hug and kiss, and Eloise says yes.

We see FIL limping out to pick up the morning papers, and then the parrot flies back and lands on his shoulder. FIL sighs and accepts the parrot and they walk into the house together with them keep saying hello to each other.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • J. Miles Dale known as executive producer
  • Alexa Faigen known as associate producer
  • Ryan Kavanaugh known as executive producer
  • Richard Solomon known as executive producer
  • Scott Stuber known as producer
  • Mike Thompson known as producer
  • Nath V.G. known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Aaron Eckhart known as Burke
  • Jennifer Aniston known as Eloise Chandler
  • Dan Fogler known as Lane
  • John Carroll Lynch known as Walter
  • Martin Sheen known as Burke's Father-in-Law
  • Judy Greer known as Marty
  • Frances Conroy known as Eloise's Mom
  • Joe Anderson known as Tyler
  • Sasha Alexander known as Jessica
  • Clyde Kusatsu known as Cab Driver
  • Anne Marie DeLuise known as Unicom Executive #1
  • Tyler McClendon known as Unicom Executive #2
  • Panou known as Unicom Executive #3
  • Michael Kopsa known as Ted Vernon – Unicom CEO
  • Michelle Harrison known as Cynthia
  • Darla Fay known as Beehive (as Darla Vandenbossche)
  • Tom Pickett known as Don
  • Patricia Harras known as Lorraine
  • Aurelio Dinunzio known as Moustache
  • Danielle Dunn-Morris known as Book Fan
  • Maxine Miller known as Barbara
  • Tim Henry known as Welling Eyes
  • Ellie Harvie known as Martha
  • Randall Newsome known as Waiter
  • Carol Hodge known as Becky
  • Craig Anderson known as Ian
  • Brandon Jay McLaren known as Mohawk
  • Rekha Sharma known as Nose-Ring
  • Alessandro Juliani known as Tattoos
  • Ellen Ewusie known as Hookah Waitress
  • Angie Scandale known as Hookah Bartender
  • Deirdre Blades known as Burke's Mother-in-Law
  • Dee Jay Jackson known as Hotel Bartender
  • Monica Marko known as Old Lady
  • Shaine Jones known as Valet
  • Angus Adair known as Slam Poet #1
  • Zaccheus Jackson known as Slam Poet #2
  • Kevan Cameron known as Slam Poet #3
  • Michael Bean known as Concierge
  • Michael P. Northey known as Bathroom Man
  • Rylee Stiles known as Lollipop Kid
  • Domonique Danielle known as Cashier
  • William 'Big Sleeps' Stewart known as Cabbie
  • Alexa Devine known as Workshopper #1
  • Larry Romero known as Workshopper #2
  • Madeline Elder known as Workshopper #3
  • Elfina Luk known as Workshopper #4
  • Glynis Davies known as Workshopper #5
  • Zach Rogue known as Himself (Rogue Wave)
  • Dominic Julian East known as Himself (Rogue Wave)
  • William Cameron Jasper known as Himself (Rogue Wave)
  • Graham Edward Lebron known as Himself (Rogue Wave)
  • Patrick Benton Spurgeon known as Himself (Rogue Wave)
  • Heidi Barrientes known as Market Street Walker (uncredited)
  • Biski Gugushe known as Security (uncredited)
  • Eduardo Noda known as Bike Courier (uncredited)
  • Amanda Yeoman Brooke known as Background Actor (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Tammy Baker known as makeup artist: Seattle
  • Yvonne Connor known as first assistant makeup artist
  • Elisabeth Fry known as hair stylist
  • Elisabeth Fry known as makeup artist
  • Elisabeth Fry known as makeup artist: Aaron Eckhart
  • Whitney James known as makeup artist: Jennifer Aniston
  • Jeanne Kobayashi known as hair stylist: Seattle
  • Connie Parker known as makeup department head
  • Martin Samuel known as hair stylist: Jennifer Aniston

Art Department:

  • Jule Baanstra known as art department coordinator
  • David M. Bowen known as assistant property master: Seattle
  • John Chaschowy known as greensman
  • Jeffrey W. Crow known as assistant greensman
  • Laurie Edmundson known as lead set dresser
  • Allan Galajda known as set designer
  • Paul Goodwin known as set dresser
  • Haida Harper known as assistant property master
  • Sally Hudson known as lead graphic designer
  • Paul Jenkinson known as lead set dresser
  • Bryan Korenberg known as property master
  • Oscar Lofgren known as set dresser: Seattle
  • Michael McCombe known as greens foreman: Seattle
  • Kenneth Milfred known as leadman
  • Jeff Ringer known as stand-by painter: Seattle
  • Rachel M. Thompson known as set decorator: Seattle (as Rachel Thomson)
  • Adrien Van Viersen known as storyboard artist
  • Ed Vance known as greensman
  • Sandy Walker known as assistant decorator
  • Lori West known as prop buyer
  • David Paul Hewitt White known as on-set dresser
  • Carl Winter known as set dresser: Seattle
  • Patrick Zahorodniuk known as graphic designer
  • Darren Moore known as lead greens (uncredited)
  • Files Wicken known as set buyer (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Stuber Productions
  • Camp / Thompson Pictures (in association with)
  • Scion Films (in association with)
  • Traveling Film Productions (uncredited)

Other Companies:

  • EarCandy  sound post-production
  • 424  sound re-recording
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • DeCrescet / Rotter  music contractor
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Hyperion Sound  music mixed at
  • Klass Security and Investigations  film security (uncredited)
  • PIC Agency  main titles
  • Panavision  camera and lenses
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Runway  post-production
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Star Waggons  star trailers
  • Technicolor  release printing


  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Castello Lopes Multimédia (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Contender Entertainment Group (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Focus Features (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paradise (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Prime Entertainment (2010) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • TOBIS Film (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Vertice Cine (2010) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • 9 Miles (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2009) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • CMC Entertainment (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Empire (2009) (Romania) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment Slovakia (2009) (Slovakia) (TV)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • PVR Pictures (2010) (India) (all media)
  • PlayArte Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • PlayArte Home Vídeo (2011) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Plus Video (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Presidio (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Mr. X (digital visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Mathieu Archambault known as digital compositor
  • Sarah Barber known as visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Barb Benoit known as digital compositor
  • Dennis Berardi known as visual effects supervisor
  • Harshal Bhujbal known as digital compositor
  • Yashwant Bombe known as digital compositor: Anibrain
  • Mathew Borrett known as matte painter
  • Steve Bowen known as digital intermediate colorist
  • Branden Bratuhin known as visual effects editor
  • Ayo Burgess known as lighting artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Zac Campbell known as digital compositor
  • Jeff Capogreco known as lighting artist
  • Kris Carson known as sequence lead: Mr X
  • Andy Chan known as visual effects compositor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Richard Chiu known as visual effects
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Tommaso Corona known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Dineen known as visual effects animator: Mr. X Inc
  • Amélie Dubois known as digital compositor
  • Danny Duchesneau known as compositor
  • Mike Duffy known as flame artist: Mr X Inc.
  • David Fix known as senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
  • Tommy Gervais known as visual effects production assistant
  • Parth Ghatge known as visual effects artist
  • Matt Glover known as visual effects coordinator
  • Roopesh Gujar known as visual effects production manager: Anibrain
  • Ivan Hayden known as on-set lead: Mr. X Inc.
  • Sushil Kalyanshetti known as visual effects artist
  • Isabelle Langlois known as digital effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
  • Mai-Ling Lee known as digital artist
  • Philippe Majdalani known as digital intermediate assistant producer
  • Ken McCuen known as matte painter
  • Sarah McMurdo known as visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
  • David McWhirter known as first assistant director: concert/vfx unit
  • Jesh Murthy known as sequence lead: Anibrain
  • Pete O'Connell known as visual effects artist
  • Rob Phillips known as visual effects production assistant
  • Sebastien Proulx known as digital compositor
  • Matt Ralph known as animator
  • Cat Rowe known as digital colorist assist
  • Vishal Rustgi known as digital compositor
  • Paul Saint-Hilaire known as digital compositor nuke
  • Matt Schofield known as matte painter
  • Ben Simons known as visual effects animator
  • John Tagamolila known as second assistant director: concert VFX unit
  • Sebastien Veilleux known as digital compositor
  • Armando Velazquez known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA 15 September 2009 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Greece 17 September 2009
  • Canada 18 September 2009
  • USA 18 September 2009
  • Kazakhstan 24 September 2009
  • Russia 24 September 2009
  • Armenia 8 October 2009
  • Ireland 9 October 2009
  • UK 9 October 2009
  • Portugal 22 October 2009
  • Bulgaria 23 October 2009
  • Romania 23 October 2009
  • Czech Republic 29 October 2009
  • Singapore 29 October 2009
  • Iceland 30 October 2009
  • Netherlands 5 November 2009
  • Germany 12 November 2009
  • Kuwait 12 November 2009
  • Switzerland 12 November 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 13 November 2009
  • Belgium 18 November 2009
  • Israel 19 November 2009
  • Australia 26 November 2009
  • Malaysia 3 December 2009
  • Norway 4 December 2009
  • Slovenia 10 December 2009
  • Egypt 23 December 2009
  • Hungary 31 December 2009
  • Spain 1 January 2010
  • Finland 8 January 2010
  • Philippines 10 February 2010
  • Mexico 26 February 2010
  • Brazil 5 March 2010
  • Argentina 15 April 2010
  • Peru 27 May 2010
  • Denmark 22 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 20 August 2010
  • Japan 23 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Colombia 22 October 2010
  • Poland 18 November 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. gasawaye from Michigan
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

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

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

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

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

  2. Siamois from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    The premise of this movie held a lot of potential but unfortunately,Love Happens doesn't deliver as… not much happens in this movie.

    Aaron Eckhart, who seems to struggle not to be type-casted as youraverage guy in light romantic stuff plays… Burke, an ordinary dudetrying to overcome his wife's passing by becoming a modern-day guru forpeople who have lost loved ones.

    Jennifer Aniston, who basically embraces her career of being typecastas a romantic interest in romantic flick plays herself once again. Thistime, she goes by the nickname Eloise but she'll still be that samesingle woman who's had a string of bad relationships and is tilllooking for "the one".

    Director/writer Brandon Camp doesn't give the character of Eloise muchsubstance, and seems content just to let Aniston do her usual work. Heseems to have focus mainly (in the script and on screen) on Burke. Inthe first few minutes, it seems to work; Burke is an interestingcharacter. The self-help speeches are well-written, the pressure onBurke's shoulders is felt.

    Unfortunately, much of the movie revolves around the relationship thatdevelops when Burke and Eloise bump into each others and begin to knoweach others. Their interest for each others is uninteresting and lackscredibility, in part because Eloise is so poorly sketched and alsobecause, as we learn to know Burke's real issues, it just seems…wrong.

    And as the film goes on, it just gets worse as it seems Brandon Campdoesn't understand the topic of mourning very well, and also seems tosend the message that using people as emotional crutches, gettinginvolved in relationships when you are not fully ready are good things.Many scenes are almost surreal. Releasing domestic pets into the wild,breaking and entering at your former in-laws, lying, magically curingyour sense of loss by shopping at Home Depot… I like quirky stuff,but the mix of comedy, romance and the intense drama underneath wasn'tdone very well.

    To top it off, the whole movie is wrapped in a sort of romanticrelationship that never happens, and played out with two actors whohave little to no chemistry together.

    Aaron Eckhart is a gifted actor that should have no problem findingroles, but as far as a lead, he's been slightly unlucky and needs toselect projects a bit more carefully or risk being type-casted in thattype of flicks much like his co-lead.

    For Aniston, this is the latest in a string of duds. As for BrandonCamp, this isn't his first project tackling grief as he wrote the poorDragonfly (2002) and I shudder when I look at his next project,Steinbeck's Point of View, which also seems to deal with issues of lifeand death.

    I have nothing against writers who focus on certain issues, as long asthey master those issues well, which isn't the case for Camp.

  3. nicki9112 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    Let me start by saying that I did not think I would like this movie,but it exceeded my expectations. I think what I liked the most aboutit, was it was not your typical romance movie. I had heard beforeseeing it that it was predictable and just like every other "chickflick" but the truth is… it's really not. This movie had a lot ofdepth, a lot of touching moments and yes, obviously romance. That beingsaid, this movie was more about finding the good in life and forgettingall of the hurt and heart aches then it was about romance, althoughthat aspect of it is in there too. Aaron Eckhart is impossible not tolike and quite the eye candy. This movie also had some great songs init! Overall, definitely not too bad!

  4. Monty2 from Texas, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    I was fairly surprised at just how unpleasant this movie was. The onlythings I liked about it were Eckhart, some nice visuals, and the everso brief cameo of Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica.

    About halfway through I started thinking 'this has the most productplacements since the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still'. Thenthey went to Home Depot to 'cure' a guy with a shopping spree. There'shardly any romance in it at all, but a ton of advertising and even aband I never heard of is given a lot of screen time that felt awkward.

    Aniston looked either near asleep or downright miserable during almostevery scene. There are badly edited scenes like when they see hermother; it had zero point.

    I especially recommend that anyone dealing with any real emotionaltrauma avoid this one. The cheap shots and ridiculously bland advicegiven will only make someone feel worse.

  5. eightyzlady1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    My daughter and I used our "girls night out" to go see this movie lastnight. We both loved it. We did have to use tissue for parts of it, butit was still great. Very heartwarming and emotional movie. It isrefreshing to go to a movie with your daughter and not have to beembarrassed by lots of sex scenes or foul language. (Even though she is23, I still don't like watching that stuff in front of her.) This isjust a really sweet movie about 2 people finding each other; notexpecting to. I thought Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart both playedthese characters very well! Martin Sheen is also great in this movie. Iwould definitely recommend it for anyone to see!

  6. Neil Welch from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    Every now and then, for reasons known only to itself, the movie machinepromotes a movie as being one thing when it is actually something verydifferent. Love Happens is a case in point. The trailer sells it as aromantic comedy: it isn't. Sure, there are some smiles during it, butit is actually a light drama dealing with bereavement and grief.

    Aaron Eckhart is good in a role which stretches him rather further thanusual, and Jennifer Aniston is satisfactory in a part which demandslittle of her than to look attractive, occasionally pleased and, moreoften, rather puzzled. Martin Sheen is OK in a role which isdeceitfully sold initially as one thing but turns out to be quiteanother. Judy Greer has a small, but entertaining role.

    But pride of place must go to John Carroll Lynch with a strong,sympathetic, and very believable performance in a supporting role.

    I enjoyed this movie even though I felt that it was rather glib in theway it dealt with some elements of the story (the resolution of therelationship between Eckhart and Sheen for instance).

  7. Danusha Goska (
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    I read all the bad reviews "Love Happens" received and convinced myselfthat they were written by cynical, sensation-hungry reviewers whoprefer the likes of Anton Chigurh to wholesome romance. Boy, was Iwrong. "Love Happens" is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Thefault is entirely the script's. "Love Happens" script feels like arough 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 abortedattempts to be a tearjerker, a romantic comedy, a trip throughSeattle's colorful coffeehouses, and a commentary on advice gurus andtheir bestsellers.

    There are some moments that feel like they might lift this mess off theground. John Carroll Lynch is both poignant and frightening as abereaved father who can't get over his son's death. We get to ogleAaron Eckhart's abs as he broods beside a beautifully lit pool.Jennifer Aniston plays a florist; she reads a series of poignant cardsthat accompanied bouquets. One character owns a pet sulfur-crestedcockatoo, and the bird is very pretty. Really, you grasp at strawstrying 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 Australianoutback, free in a foggy Pacific Northwest evergreen forest. It wouldstarve in days, everyone in the audience knows that, and you wonder whythe characters on screen do not. And you realize how idiotic this movieis.

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

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

  8. Wacky_gal from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    Well, I had the choice of seeing this movie and Jennifer's Body.So fromword of mouth I decided on viewing Love Happens because well it seemedsomewhat interesting.

    I haven't seen many of Aaron's films either so I wanted to see how heblended in with Jennifer Aniston.

    The movie,yes a romantic one..perhaps and a little comedy,,minimal of afew laughs I found to be a little boring.I thought Aaron did a good joband got into his character,but somehow I lost Jennifer Aniston.I don'tknow if words can describe how I felt after the movie.I mean it wasvery touching to see Aaron's character open and tell his feelings and Ithink most people can relate to that part of the movie.

    I thought the movie was OK.I thought Aaron's character wasinteresting.However,Jennifer's was just blah.

    If you are fan of either I am sure you will be more amused than I was.

  9. twbridle from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    It's difficult for any serious movie-goer to enjoy this movie owing toits sad lack of wit, convincing pathos or engaging characters. In spiteof the clear emotional resonance of the subject matter I found myselffeeling utterly apathetic about any of the characters or the shallow,boring relationship formed between the two protagonists.

    Aaron Eckhart is a sort of self-help guru (admittedly I do think thatwhole industry is horrifically over-valued and generally feel nothingbut contempt for people who charge money for an audience to clap alongto their life story… but I digress) who's wife died in a car crash 3years previously. His main purpose is to help people with the loss oftheir loved ones except… he is still harbouring a secret painhimself! Gasp! Actually not gasp: yawn.

    Jennifer Aniston's character is difficult to describe owing to thecrippling lack of depth given to her persona… it's actually very hardto recall a less exciting romantic lead in any film for a long time.Whether the script was inherently poor in this respect or she simplycan't be bothered any more, it makes for painful watching.

    And the film is woven around her character helping his character toheal from his 'secret pain' while the two faff around on a few datesdevoid of chemistry or wittiness. Aside from a couple of giggles thisfilm is not funny and can't be called a Rom-Com… any attempts at witare very, very underwhelming.

    And the ending is dreadful. Just dreadful. The scene in the auditoriumwhere the right character walks in at the right time and then the crowdstand up and slow-clap? Lazy, lazy, lazy writing.

    Positives? Eckhart is alright, the film is probably watchable if youlower your standards and expectations a bit. But honestly, this isbetter avoided.

  10. tweaky777 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:56 am

    Awful waste of time during which not once was I emotionally invested inthe characters – it was difficult to exercise empathy when thescenarios were so entirely clichéd, recycled and the characters sopredictable, wooden, underdeveloped and devoid of any real charm. I amusually the first to cry and laugh at a good Rom Com and Love Happensonly succeeded in making me cringe and pity Jennifer Aniston and wonderwhat happened between the Break Up and here. She seems to be playingout the romantic tragedies in her own personal life on-screen but to acliché-ridden script. And, the vast number of product placements werehorrifying. To be avoided at all costs, especially for genuinebelievers of love, like me! The 3 is for all the efforts put into themovie but not for the overall outcome.

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