“Love Happens” is an ehh movie. There’s nothing that is horribly awful with it, but it doesn’t have anything going for it either. And sometimes that is just as bad as a flat-out bomb. The movie is so caught up in clichés that it’s impossible not to see the whole plot from the poster and trailer. Imagine that.
Aaron Eckhart plays Dr. Burke Ryan, an author of a self-help book about grieving the loss of loved ones appropriately after his wife died in a car crash. Anyone care to venture what’s actually going on?
If you guessed “the man who gives advice hasn’t taken his own,” you would be correct! Burke is secretly a wreck, giving off a façade that he has it all together. The only person that can call it is his father-in-law, played by a scary Martin Sheen.
So how does Jennifer Aniston play into the movie? If you guessed “love interest with problems of her own,” you would be correct! She plays Eloise, your typical beautiful girl who always falls for the wrong guy. After the typical bad first impression of Burke, they begin casual flirtation and start to hang out.
Is there any romantic spark between Aniston and Harvey Dent? Not in the slightest. There is no chemistry between the two of them, and it doesn’t help that the story is so poorly written that it doesn’t allow for much affection at all. I don’t hate Jennifer Aniston by any stretch of the imagination, but “Love Happens” gives me insight into the minds of the people that do.
Don’t let the title fool you. ”Love Happens” is not a movie about love; besides, there would have to be love shown. This is a movie about overcoming grief, and in that regard, it isn’t terrible. But it isn’t good enough to redeem the nearly two hours of my time that this movie ate up. C- /