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Love Happens movie review

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in Love Happens the movie

Love Happens is a touching movie that focuses on key characters Burke Ryan played by Aaron Eckhart and Eloise played by Jennifer Aniston.

In the movie Love Happens, Burke Ryan is a motivational speaker and author who is driven by audience response to him. In Love Happens the movie, audiences at conferences light up when Burke Ryan enters the room. Burke Ryan feeds off of their energy. The enthusiasm and high energy of the audience gives him adrenaline during his speeches. The focus of his motivational talks is the handling of grief. In Love Happens the movie, the character Burke Ryan tries to help others cope and frequently provides relatable information about himself and his own grief that he has stuggled with.

Motivation from tragedy

In the film plot of Love Happens, Burke Ryan's wife passed away in a car accident 3 years prior and that was his motivation for writing his book. At the same time that he was trying to help others, his book and conferences also became a money making business that he was capitalizing on. His publicist spurred him on.

Martin Sheen

It's refreshing to see a great actor, Martin Sheen back on screen playing Burke's father-in-law in Love Happens. For his character though, something is amiss and he accuses his son-in-law, Burke of lying. He is tired of it and asks him: when is he going to stop lying?

The funeral

Of course film viewers of Love Happens will now wonder what exactly the lie is. As given away in the Love Happens movie trailer, the lie involves Burke's not having attended his wife's funeral. He gives the impression that he did attend the funeral when he writes and speaks about it to others but in actuality, he did not attend. That is only part of the lie however.

 The rest of his wife's family wanted to be able to grieve with Burke, but when his wife passed away, Burke could not bring himself to attend the funeral. He became missing in action and unreachable. It turns out that he had his reasons for this.

First date in three years for the character Burke in Love Happens movie

Burke's story is a very sad one and a lot of information is revealed as the Love Happens movie comes to an end.

Eloise becomes Burke's new love interest in the movie and she also discovers more about him and his problems as the film continues on. In the beginning, he is somewhat of an enigma to her. When they have their first date, it is extremely awkward. Eventually, he lets her know that it is his first date in 3 years. It is not until a bit later that Eloise learns the truth of why it is Burke's first date in 3 years.


Many things about Burke just seem to be a mystery until the towards the end of the Love Happens movie when all is revealed.

Meanwhile, he successfully gets others to open up about their troubles and emotions as they deal with their grief. He is helpful and encouraging to everyone.

Love Happens movie

I rate Love Happens movie 3/5 stars ***

Directed by: Brandon Camp

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen and others

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 109 minutes

Love Happens Movie Trailer

© 2010 Nyesha Pagnou MPH


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Nancy's Niche and MaryRenee, thanks so much for your comments. Nancy, I'm glad you've gotten a chance to see this movie.

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      MaryRenee 7 years ago

      Journey: Thanks for aharing this hub!I just love Jennifer! :)

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      This was one of the 'BEST' shows I've seen in a long time! Funny, sad, serious---its real life depicted with all of life's range of emotions. :o)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hello, hello and E M Smith, thanks for your comments!

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      E M Smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sounds easy watching

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds wonderful and thank for your review.