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Love Happens
Jennifer Aniston? It must be a rom-com

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Eckhart plays a widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a self-help guru. But when he meets Eloise (Aniston) at one of his seminars, he realises he isn't over his own grief.

Love Happens
Aaron Eckhart is Burke, a widowed self help guru who’s ‘A-OK!’ on the outside, crumbling on the inside. Jennifer Anniston is florist Eloise, who does quirky things like write random words on the walls behind paintings.

Alas, Eloise’s eccentricity is as unconvincing as the attraction between the two of them — Aniston’s performance is unremarkable, and Eckhart is missing his usual slick charisma. Still, Burke’s an intriguing enough character: refusing to take lifts and secretly swigging vodka, he feels guilty about his success in the wake of his wife’s death.

Had his story been explored in depth, this might have worked; the romance feels like an intrusion. That the most moving scenes are between Eckhart and father-in-law Martin Sheen tells you everything.

Falls between romance and drama without really satisfying either.

Reviewed by Anna Smith

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Gave it half a hour, bored the hell out of me that I fell asleep during it. Not a keen fan of Jennifer Aniston at all (genius writing tysmuse!), I like Aaron Eckhart's work but this must be his work role yet. One minute dramtic and serious, then all romantic! When you see the tv ads, it looked like a rom-com instead it's a mess. Avoid. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 14:08, 16 February 2010 | Report This Post

Saw it in the sneak preview yesterday: The writer of a book (Aaron Eckhart) about how important it is to deal in the right way with your grief while mourning, gives lectures all over the country. Also in Seatlle, the city where his own wife died in a car crash, the reason he wrote the book. Because everything in the city remembers him of the crash, he always wants to leave the city as fast as possible. Until he meets Eloise (Jennifer Aniston), who is capable of showing him the good things in ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 11:49, 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

it's got jennifer anniston in it, it must be shit

hate her. ... More

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