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Love Happens
Directed by Brandon Camp
Produced by Scott Stuber
Mike Thompson
Nath V.G.
Written by Brandon Camp
Mike Thompson
Starring Aaron Eckhart
Jennifer Aniston
Frances Conroy
Dan Fogler
Martin Sheen
Judy Greer
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Eric Alan Edwards
Editing by Dana E. Glauberman
Studio Relativity Media
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) United States
September 18, 2009[1]
United Kingdom
October 16, 2009[2]
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18,000,000
Gross revenue $26,830,887 [3]

Love Happens is a 2009 romantic drama film, written and directed by Brandon Camp and starring Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston. It was released on September 18, 2009.



Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart), is a successful Ph.D. and author of a self-help book that gives advice about dealing with the loss of a loved one. He writes the book after his wife dies in a car accident as a way to deal with the grief. While giving a workshop in Seattle, where his wife was from, he meets Eloise (Jennifer Aniston), a woman who works as a florist. It seems, however, that Burke has not been following his own advice, and in fact has not been dealing with the loss of his wife. In the end, he confesses to an audience that he was driving the car, and not his wife, as he previously maintained. Due to this, he blames himself for her death. Eloise, along with his wife's father, (Martin Sheen), help Burke move past his wife's death.



  1. "The Time of Times" – Badly Drawn Boy
  2. "Dream" – Priscilla Ahn
  3. "Life In Ashes" – Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
  4. "Lake Michigan" – Rogue Wave
  5. "Fresh Feeling" – Eels
  6. "Acidtar Bollyhop" – Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
  7. "We Will Become Silhouettes" – The Postal Service
  8. "Your Hand In Mine" – Explosions in the Sky
  9. "Have A Little Faith in Me" – John Hiatt
  10. "IO (This Time Around)" – Helen Stellar
  11. "Everyday" – Rogue Wave


During development, the film was known as Brand New Day and Traveling.[6]

The film takes place in Seattle, Washington, and was filmed in Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

On September 15, 2009, a lawsuit was filed by two writers claiming that the film's premise was stolen from them, seeking an injunction against its release or to be awarded the film's future profits, estimated at $100,000,000.[7]


The film received generally negative reviews from critics.[8] Rotten Tomatoes reported that 17% of critics gave positive reviews based on 65 reviews with a score of 3.9/10.[9] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating from reviews of mainstream critics, gave the film a "generally unfavorable" score of 33% based on 25 reviews.[8]

On its opening weekend, the film opened at #4 behind I Can Do Bad All By Myself, The Informant!, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs respectively with $8,057,010.[3][10]


  1. ^ Box Office Mojo: Love Happens (2009). Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  2. ^ Cineworld Cinemas: Films - Love Happens. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  3. ^ a b "Love Happens (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Borys Kit (2008-01-22). "Trio 'Traveling' with Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  5. ^ Yvonne Zacharias (2008-02-06). [ /story.html?id=3f4a0b3a-4a6b-4902-b19c-17e0540beb2c "Juno actress hopes to inspire others to move on"]. The Vancouver Sun. /story.html?id=3f4a0b3a-4a6b-4902-b19c-17e0540beb2c. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Brand New Day - or is it?". Jennifer Aniston Watch. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Writers Sue - New Aniston Flick Must be Stopped!" Retrieved 2009-09-16
  8. ^ a b "Love Happens (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Love Happens Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Prospects for 'Cloudy' future mixed as 'Informant,' 'Love Happens,' 'Jennifer's Body' disappoint". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 

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