Director/co-writer Brandon Camp doesn’t seem to understand what’s happening in his movie, but Love Happens suffers from a very common ailment: a lack of focus and will.
The story of a self-help guru and widower (Aaron Eckhart) and the florist (Jennifer Aniston) who helps him come to grips with his own past issues desperately wants to be a dramatic romantic comedy, and it presents all of the requisite cutesy moments we’ve come to expect from the boy-meets-girl segments of the standard rom-com playbook.
In addition, the self-help advice pitched here will sound terribly familiar to anyone who has watched more than five minutes of daytime television over the last 20 years (although to be fair, none of the mouthpieces for this pabulum have looked anything at all like the ruggedly handsome Eckhart).
In the end, the Love blooming here is nothing more than a conventional bore, which only further cements the impressions its leads have with mainstream audiences, especially Aniston, who has gone from being one of America’s television sweethearts to the tabloid face of what happens when love leaves town. Grade: D