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Love Happens Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Love happens in other movies that aren't this one. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    No authentic emotion of any kind happens in this damp, Seattle-based romance, a fizzle for both stars.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The title is a good indication of this movie's blandness and predictability.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Dramedy about grief and love likely won't interest kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic dramedy centers on the topic of grief (and moving past it). There are plenty of tearful references to how characters' loved ones died, so teens dealing with loss or other separation-related issues may find the movie upsetting. While nothing more than kissing is shown, there are several conversations about relationships, as well as allusions to sex and "getting laid." The protagonistdrinks regularly, and several scenes take place in a bar where adultsare drinking (and, in one case, smoking from a hookah pipe). Language includes "s--t," "ass," and "pissed off."

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about moving forward past grief and disappointment. How do the various characters come to terms with their anger and heartache?
  • Although Bryce pretends to alcohol, he secretly consumes it. How is drinking depicted in the movie?
  • What genre does this movie belong to? Is it a romantic comedy, a blackcomedy, a drama? How is it different than most romantic comedies?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The main messages seem to be about moving past grief toward acceptance. This is an important take away not only for those who are grieving but to anyone who has experienced disappointment.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Burke functions as a positive role model by motivating others to help themselves heal. Although he doesn't help himself until the end of the movie, he has a selfless need to propel his grieving clients to move forward with their lives. Eloise has a fiery personality. She owns her own business, which she says was a dream come true, and she tries to help Burke.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Conversations about how loved ones died in accidents and of sickness.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Although there's only one big kiss in the movie, the dialogue contains sexual innuendo and several references to dating and relationships, with comments like "did you get laid?" and "either head of yours" etc. Eloise also discusses her ex-boyfriend's infidelity, and a widow talks about how she made a mold of her husband's "you know" so that they could "you know" even after he died. At a poetry slam, people recite poems about "phalluses" and sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly regular use of words like "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," and "bitch," as well as "stupid," "pissed off," "oh my God," etc. One character always says his name as "Lane 'Goddamn' Marshall."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Apple products are on display in a few scenes -- Macbook, desktop computer, and iPod -- as well as Grey Goose vodka, which is Burke's signature drink.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Burke drinks (vodka, mostly) regularly, especially before his seminar talks. Adult characters drink in bars and restaurants and in one scene smoke from a hookah pipe at a Middle Eastern bar.