Love Happens
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrandon Camp
Produced by
Written by
  • Brandon Camp
  • Mike Thompson
Music byChristopher Young
CinematographyEric Alan Edwards
Edited byDana E. Glauberman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)[1][2]
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million[1]
Box office$36.1 million[1]

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


Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart), is a successful therapist, holder of a 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 creative floral designer who owns a flower shop. She spurns his initial advance as, until then, her relationships with men have not gone well, but after a heated exchange in the men's restroom, she meets him for dinner. Even though the dinner is awkward, they begin spending time together although, as she insists to her mother and her employee Marty (Judy Greer), they are not "dating". Burke also tries to avoid his father-in-law (Martin Sheen), who believes him to be not following his own advice.

During the workshop, Burke pays special attention to a man named Walter (John Carroll Lynch), a former contractor now working as a nightly janitor after his son died falling off a scaffold, resulting in the loss of his marriage and construction business. Walter came to the seminar on the insistence of his sister, but is unwilling to participate due to his reluctance to express his emotions. Burke ultimately gets through to Walter by helping him remember his passion for construction and buys him new tools to restart his business.

Eloise comes to suspect Burke is hiding secrets regarding the loss of his wife. She eventually learns the truth from Burke's manager Lane (Dan Fogler) and tells Burke to stop punishing himself. He confesses to an audience that, in reality, he was the one driving the car when his wife died, and not her, as he previously maintained. Due to this, he blames himself for her death and has yet to confront his pain. His father-in-law, having snuck into the seminar to publicly call him out, comes forward to assure him that his wife's death wasn't his fault, that his in-laws were only upset that he wouldn't mourn her death with them. Their reconciliation onstage receives applause from the audience. Afterward, Burke's father-in-law suggests that it's time to move on with his life. Burke decides to stay in Seattle and goes to Eloise, telling her that she had spent the last few days getting to know the part of him that was not available and wondered was she interested in getting to know the part of him that was.



Love Happens OST
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2009
GenreScore • Various
LabelLa-La Land Records • Relativity Music Group
Christopher Young chronology
Love Happens OST
When in Rome

Additional music by:

1."The Time of Times"Badly Drawn Boy3:17
2."Dream"Priscilla Ahn3:31
3."Lake Michigan"Rogue Wave5:01
4."Fresh Feeling"Eels3:38
5."We Will Become Silhouettes"The Postal Service4:59
6."Your Hand In Mine"Explosions in the Sky4:08
7."Have A Little Faith in Me"John Hiatt4:01
8."IO (This Time Around)"Helen Stellar5:05
9."Everyday"Rogue Wave3:38
10."Little Wing"Christopher Young6:02
11."Love Happens"Christopher Young3:22
Total length:47:23

All tracks are written by Christopher Young.

1."Love Happens"3:18
2."Kaledoscope Christmas"2:18
3."A World In The Three Colors"2:18
4."It's MMM...Good"1:48
5."Crystal Flowers"2:12
6."Walk The Talk"1:30
7."Around Or Through?"3:55
8."Past Isn't"3:34
9."Joy Within Each Thought"1:56
10."Groove E"1:31
11."Each Decorated Ditch"2:43
12."Vodka Logic"3:41
13."Mind Noise"4:20
14."Cinnamon Life"2:44
15."We're A-OK"2:44
16."Love Happened"6:02
17."Baggage Blister Hoedown" (BONUS TRACK)1:53
18."A Constant Cry" (BONUS TRACK)3:04
19."A Dissonant Discourse" (BONUS TRACK)2:57
20."Why The Hell Am I In Heaven?" (BONUS TRACK)2:38
21."Not Really Postlude" (BONUS TRACK)3:18
22."Freud Who?" (BONUS TRACK)1:52
23."Fast Toward The Eye (Of Lorelei)" (BONUS TRACK)3:49
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During development, the film was known as Brand New Day and Traveling.[5]

The film takes place in Seattle, Washington, and was filmed in Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Rotten Tomatoes reported that 17% of critics gave positive reviews based on 109 reviews with a score of 3.79/10. The site's consensus states: "Love Happens is a dull, chemistry-free affair that under-utilizes its appealing leads".[6] 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.[7]

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.[1][8]

Home media

Love Happens was released on DVD & Blu-ray on February 2, 2010. It grossed $7,721,633 in US DVD sales.[9]


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  4. ^ Yvonne Zacharias (2008-02-06). "Juno actress hopes to inspire others to move on". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  5. ^ Erin (2009-06-05). "Brand New Day - or is it?". Jennifer Aniston Watch. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  6. ^ "Love Happens (2009)". Retrieved 21 May 2020 – via
  7. ^ Love Happens at Metacritic
  8. ^ "Prospects for 'Cloudy' future mixed as 'Informant,' 'Love Happens,' 'Jennifer's Body' disappoint". Los Angeles Times. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  9. ^ "Love Happens - Numbers".