Love Happens

Theatrical Release: September 18, 2009
Love Happens


A romantic drama about a widower (Eckhart) whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru. On a business trip to Seattle, he falls for a woman (Aniston) who attends one of his seminars, only to learn that he hasn’t yet truly confronted his wife’s passing.

Dove Review

This movie makes some good points. It deals with a man named Burke (Aaron Eckhart) who attempts to move on following his wife’s death in an accident but he finds doing so more difficult than he imagined. He meets a young woman, a florist, named Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) and not much happens at first. Then, a little later a few sparks fly. Aniston does a good job in playing a kind of quirky character. Unfortunately, Burke is holding on to a secret surrounding his wife’s death which he hasn’t revealed to Eloise. The challenge becomes whether or not Burke can let go of the past and let love happen. Burke is a practical man who says things like, “If you don’t pay the piper, he will come calling.”

Despite some positive themes in the picture such as moving on following a tragedy, and opening one’s self up to a new possibility, regrettably the movie contains strong language and some explicit sexual remarks. We therefore cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing; sexual innuendos and frank sexual comments.
Language: GD-4; J-3; G/OMG-9; F-1 (Partially mouthed); D-6; S-4; H-6; A-4; SOB-1; Slang for having sex-1
Violence: Flashbacks of a car accident but crash not seen; sounds of crash heard; woman's eyes open in death seen; a character burns his feet by walking on hot coals.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes; man smokes and smokes from an oriental tobacco pipe.
Nudity: Person wearing a towel seen from a distance; shirtless man in swim trunks seen.
Other: A character gives the middle finger to someone; dealing with the death of a loved one; a man tells a lie but the truth comes out; a character deals with an angry father-in-law.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson
Director: Brandon Camp
Producer: Mary Parent
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter