Love Happens

Love Happens
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brandon Camp
Produced by Scott Stuber
Mike Thompson
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
Edited by Dana E. Glauberman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)[1][2]
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million[1]
Box office $36.1 million[1]
$8,610,119 (US DVD sales) [3]

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 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 her own flower-shop. She spurns his initial advance as her past 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 she insists to her mother and her employee Marty (Judy Greer) that they are not "dating". 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. Burke 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 available.



Love Happens OST
Soundtrack album by Christopher Young
Released September 11, 2009
Genre Score  Various
Length 47:23
Label La-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 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


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.


Rotten Tomatoes reported that 16% of critics gave positive reviews based on 106 reviews with a score of 3.8/10.[7] 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.[1][9]

Home media

Love Happens was released on DVD & Blu-ray on February 2, 2010. It grossed $7,721,633 in US DVD sales.[10]


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  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Borys Kit (2008-01-22). "Trio 'Traveling' with Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  5. 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.
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  8. Love Happens at Metacritic
  9. "Prospects for 'Cloudy' future mixed as 'Informant,' 'Love Happens,' 'Jennifer's Body' disappoint". Los Angeles Times. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  10. "Love Happens - Numbers".
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