LOVE HAPPENS

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Release Date: September 18, 2009

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer
Aniston, Dan Fogler, John
Carroll Lynch, Martin Sheen,
Judy Greer, and Joe Anderson

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 109 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Brandon Camp

Executive Producer: Alexa Faigen, Ryan Kavanaugh,
and Richard Solomon

Producer: Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, and
Mike Thompson

Writer: Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson

Address Comments To:

Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman/CEO, General Electric
Jeff Zucker, President/CEO, NBC Universal
(A division of General Electric)
Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios
Marc Shmuger, Chairman
David Linde, Co-Chairman
Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com

Content:

(BB, C, LL, V, A, M) Strong moral worldview of dealing with grief and loss though no mention of God, but brief Christian element occurs when an unidentified man makes the sign of the cross; eight light obscenities and 11 profanities; car crash shown in flashback from distance; some minor comments about sex; no nudity; use of alcohol by main character; no smoking or illegal drugs; and, lying.

Summary:

LOVE HAPPENS is the story of a widowed self-help author who unexpectedly meets another woman and discovers he doesn’t practice the very principles he teaches. This is a very well made movie but does have a worldview without God and some foul language requiring caution.

Review:

LOVE HAPPENS is the story of a self-help author, Burke (played by Aaron Eckhart) who unexpectedly meets Eloise (played by Jennifer Aniston) and discovers that he doesn’t practice the very principles he teaches.

Burke lost his wife in a car accident and wrote a book about grief called “A-Okay” which surprisingly (to him) became a best seller. Burke now conducts week long seminars on how to cope with the death of a loved one.

His friend and agent books him into Seattle, where he used to live with his wife. As the memories come back, Burke meets Eloise and he begins to have feelings for her.

However, it becomes very apparent that he has never dealt with the death of his wife and has even abandoned her parents. Eloise helps him to grow and do the very steps to encounter pain and loss that he tells his seminar participants that they must do.

LOVE HAPPENS is a very well made movie which tells the story with intelligence and wit. The story reveals a little bit at a time, a device that is mirrored with the direction and choice of camera angles. The subplot of a seminar participant’s dealing with the loss of his son is especially moving. Aaron Eckhart gives a fine performance of a troubled man who has a public and private persona.

There are a number of profanities and a few mild obscenities. A woman recites “slam poetry” which includes sexual references. There are a couple of vulgar comments, including a character giving “the finger.” On the positive side, an unidentified man does cross himself.

Though the movie points out the need to grieve and to face reality directly, which are both biblical principles, there is no mention of God nor a mention of the afterlife, though death of loved ones is a subject of the movie. This leaves the story ultimately a bit hollow.

For this reason, discernment is necessary to enjoy this well made drama.

In Brief:

LOVE HAPPENS is the story of a widowed self-help author who unexpectedly meets another woman and discovers that he doesn’t practice the principles he teaches. Burke lost his wife in a car accident and wrote a best seller book about grief. He now conducts week long seminars on the subject. Burke meets Eloise and begins to like her. It becomes very apparent, however, that he has never dealt with the death of his wife. Eloise helps him to grow and do the very steps to encounter pain and loss that he tells his seminar participants that they must do.

LOVE HAPPENS is a very well made movie. Aaron Eckhart gives a fine performance of a troubled man who has a public and private persona. There is some foul language and a few sexual references. Though the movie points out the need to grieve and face reality, which are biblical principles, God is not central to the plot, and there is no mention of the afterlife, though death of loved ones is a subject. Thus, the story seems a little bit hollow. For this reason, discernment is necessary to enjoy this touching drama.