Love Happens – Movie review

Eight days after my pile operation.
Just a day before, I couldn’t even sit and here I was on a Tuesday night at Lido, watching the premier of Love Happens. I had thought I may need to give up the free tickets, courtesy of Citi Gold, but thank goodness my butt was cooperative.
This movie starred Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. (Funny, i had just spelled the word ‘Eckhart’ to my friend KPF on the phone hours ago as i told her about the book by Eckhart Tolle.) Burke (Eckhart) is a widower whose wife was killed in a car accident driven by him on a rainy night. They were arguing about paint colours for the kitchen wall when a dog appeared from nowhere and the car skidded into a lamp post, killing her instantly. Through his grief, he wrote a self help book about coping with death of a love one that became a best seller and propelled him into becoming a motivational speaker.
He came to Seattle to give a seminar cum workshop. There, he was attracted to Eloise (Aniston), a florist who has a habit of writing long, bombastic words behind wall paintings.(quidnunc – a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody; Poppysmic – means the smacking of lips.) She discovers a side of him that was hidden from everyone, that side of a man who is still mourning and blaming himself for the accident. His father-in-law (Martin Sheen) accuses him of being a hypocrite.
Eloise helps him overcome his grief and in the finale, he owned up in the seminar to a standing ovation and made up with his FIL.
This is not a chick flick or romantic comedy. I didn’t really enjoy it as I didn’t like the male lead (a very important element in any chick flicks). It was heavy most times and kind of predictable. I found the leads did not have the chemistry.
You may give it a miss.

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