Love Happens (2009) - Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

38

Bearable

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.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Brandon Camp
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 18 out of 78 found boring (23.07%)

One-line Reviews (68)

Love Happens is one of the movies I've seen this year that have been disappointing and boring.

It was actually painful and pointless with useless scenes like the introduction of Aniston's mother (and this wasn't edited out why?

The pacing is quite slow for the romance side, as the first date still has not happened 28 minutes after the movie.

Unfortunately i saw an empty movie held up exclusively by a solid cast.

During the course of this absorbing melodrama, Burke has to confront the truth of his tragedy and he discovers healing.

I like quirky stuff, but the mix of comedy, romance and the intense drama underneath wasn't done very well.

The only character that was worth watching was that of Walter played perfectly by John Carroll Lynch who as usual gives an outstanding performance.

The story doesn't force them together, which makes their attraction more believable and engaging.

The story felt very contrived, and the acting of supporting characters was mediocre.

Save your money and catch this one on a sleep Sunday afternoon when it comes to HBO.

This film is about a self help guru going through a journey of self discovery after meeting an intriguing woman.

Zzzzzzzz .

It was very well done and enjoyable.

I did not feel a strong romance going on between the lead characters, the story struggles to pull you in with originality and depth, I will confess for the majority I found it either too depressing, in need of more lighter scenes, and rather boring, a disappointing romantic drama.

If this movie wasn't laden with enough syrupy stupidity, all backed by manipulative tinkling piano, it even has a slow clap, to conclusively take itself out of the running for any kind of credibility.

I like both of the main actors respectively but this was just tepid and contrived.

An enjoyable 110 min that passes for a good date movie and doesn't get too heady to overwhelm anyone.

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.

So I dragged my boyfriend to this movie, so excited to be OUT and with my man AND at a RomCom, only to discover a let down.

It appeared as if perhaps there was an earlier scene which would lead them to this particular band or something along those lines but if there was it was one of the few things they did cut that may have actually been able to help understand this unbelievably boring film) so I was unsure of the point of this as well.

In spite of the clear emotional resonance of the subject matter I found myself feeling utterly apathetic about any of the characters or the shallow, boring relationship formed between the two protagonists.

Story is so dull, pathetic as a result of trying too hard to be touching, predictable...

This was a torture all the way till the end which you can so easily predict in the first 5 minutes of the movie.

If there's anything that makes Love Happens watchable, it's the performances, chiefly that of Aaron Eckhart, who now has a stunning string of turns under his belt, from his breakout as the horrifying misogynist in In The Company of Men, to his excellent interpretation of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.

This is just a pointless film.

That's such a stupid and insultingly manipulative rom-com cliché, it's actually quite surprising to see it in a 2009 film.

The movie,yes a romantic one..perhaps and a little comedy,,minimal of a few laughs I found to be a little boring.

The cheap shots and ridiculously bland advice given will only make someone feel worse.

My only real problems with the film were some pointless scenes like Burke's meeting with Eloise's mother, the dialogue in that scene felt somewhat forced, and the script was a little on the weak side.

Other than that one bit, completely enjoyable movie.

A real waste of time.

HIS backstory is compelling - wife dying in accident, her father (Martin Sheen) unforgiving of Burke because the self-help book he penned made him famous on the exploitation of her death.

A pretty boring drama .

Dull, contrived and mis-sold .

Though "Love Happens" is enjoyable to watch, it would have been much better marketed as a drama.

I did watch this movie with low expectations, and I found it surprisingly enjoyable.

OK, the story is reasonably predictable and you kind of see the end coming, but its very entertaining, thought provoking and life affirming.

Awful waste of time during which not once was I emotionally invested in the characters - it was difficult to exercise empathy when the scenarios were so entirely clichéd, recycled and the characters so predictable, wooden, underdeveloped and devoid of any real charm.

I LIKE emotionally intense movies, even when they approach sentimentality.

Judy Greer has a small, but entertaining role.

"Love Happens" is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Anniston's character was totally bland and never made a point.

But he also enjoyed it, and there were no complaints.

Love Happens to be the most boring worthless attempt at a romantic comedy I've seen in some time, a tragedy?

She seems to be playing out the romantic tragedies in her own personal life on-screen but to a cliché-ridden script.

Wha...??? That was so contrived...

and while i agree that eckhart and aniston played it restrained, i also think they put forward engaging real-people performances.

I find the drama bits much better developed and more engaging than the romance bit.

And then the "slow clap" while Sheen immediately and conveniently steps on stage and forgives Burk, and all is healed and well?

I rated Love Happens a 3 and advise that you don't waste your time or money seeing it.

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

Boring and Dark Movie; Love Happens is a disappointment .

It's difficult for any serious movie-goer to enjoy this movie owing to its sad lack of wit, convincing pathos or engaging characters.

Yes, it made me get all sniffly and teary-eyed, but I still enjoyed it.

Incoherent, Flat Waste of Time .

Instead of being stuck with the contrived mannerisms of heartsick lonely girl, Aniston plays Eloise as a grown, functional woman who's just made some bad relationship choices.

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.

Their interest for each others is uninteresting and lacks credibility, in part because Eloise is so poorly sketched and also because, as we learn to know Burke's real issues, it just seems...

Just a mere waste of time!

The scenes were clichéd and predictable.

The movie was entertaining at times, though the story was below average.

I say this because the concept of the film is actually very solid, touching, and has real potential but the problems with the film are that its incredibly predictable, never strays from the typical recipe and the characters are rather empty and a-typical which is a shame given the talent behind the film.

I enjoyed it, good study in human grief and the difficulty in overcoming loss.

Thank you for an enjoyable, light-hearted comedy that had a deep-hearted consideration of a topic most people can't handle and actually run away from...

I enjoyed this film, many unexpected moments .

There is an enjoyable aspect to some of this film.

It also has a big emotional climax that ends with one of those slow speed standing ovations.

Pretty insulting and contrived .