Who doesn’t want to fall in love? Probably people who have been jaded by it. Or it could be those whose relationships were the best thing that ever happened to them only to have their beloved taken away. Love Happens, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, is about having a chance to love again, but past hurts cause the hearts to hesitate.

Dr. Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) is a successful self-help author who gives advice on how to deal with the loss of a loved one. While holding a seminar, he meets Eloise Chandler (Jennifer Aniston), and they become attracted to each other. However, Burke secretly hasn’t moved on from the death of his wife, and Eloise has sworn off men. As each struggles with the hurt of love and loss, they realize that they need to let go of the past to have a future together.

Love Happens is the directorial debut of Brandon Camp (Dragonfly, TV series John Doe), who has also dealt with loss when his mother died. “There was denial at first; I didn’t really feel anything at all for about a year. All of a sudden, it hit me one day and there was just a flood for six months. I found out that there was something very interesting in the process of grieving and what people go through.”

Co-writing with Camp is Mike Thompson (Dragonfly, TV series John Doe). For this project, Thompson explains, “We asked, ‘What do you do and how do you react in the aftermath of loss?’ We tried to make light of some of these existential questions and the more absurd aspects of grieving and death—not get mired in the maudlin aspects of it… Our objective was to make a movie about transformation and light, hope and joy, and redemption and rebirth.”

To play the lead roles, Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston were really the filmmakers’ first choice. Eckhart liked the screenplay for Love Happens and signed on to the project. Of his interest in joining, he says: “I loved the romance part of the script with Jennifer Aniston’s character, Eloise…. I hope the audience will find the romance to be fun and energetic, sweet and charming. I think they’ll find the grieving part of it to be heartfelt, sincere and touching. I feel that we have an obligation to treat grief and those who are grieving with a lot of respect, compassion and empathy.”

Working for the first time with Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston has good words for him, “You can’t imagine anyone else playing Burke,” Aniston commends. “Aaron is spot-on and moves you so much. I found him extremely dedicated and focused. When you work with a performer like that, you constantly have someone giving you something good to volley with.”

Aniston has been chosen to play Eloise because, according to Camp, “Jennifer is radiant on screen and she’s so watchable. Eloise is a character with whom you never know what you’re going to get. She writes on walls, pretends to be deaf, is quirky and eccentric, and has this girl-next-door quality about her. It doesn’t feel forced with Jennifer…that human notion of being just a little left of center, being a little bit different. As much as she’s a movie star, she’s also so relatable and accessible.”

Catch the magic between Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart in Love Happens starting February 10 in theaters near you. From Viva International Pictures.




Running Time:

1 hour 49 minutes

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Jennifer Aniston

Aaron Eckhart

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Judy Greer

Dan Fogler

Brandon Camp


Brandon Camp

Mike Thompson


Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in the romantic drama "Love Happens". When a self-help author arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets the one person who might finally be able to help him help himself. Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) is on the precipice of a major multimedia deal, but the therapist who asks his patients to openly confront their pain is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler (Aniston) has sworn off men and decided to focus on her floral business. However, when she meets Burke at the hotel where he's speaking, there is an instant attraction. But will two people who have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love another chance? As each struggles with the hurt of love and loss, they realize that in order to move forward, they need to let go of the past. And if they can, they'll find that, sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.

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