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March 26, 2010

Fools rush in

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 2:36 am

March 26, 2010

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston

Director: Brandon Camp

Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart is the kind of film you go to just to stare at good-looking people. It’s a trite romantic-comedy that’ll make lazy screenwriters feel comfortable knowing that bad scripts do get made into films.

Eckhart stars as a widower and self-help guru who passes on his secrets of survival to bereaved masses. Aniston plays a florist he encounters in Seattle during one of his workshops. In a twist that only the entire audience has predicted a mile away, she realizes the one person in most need of coming to terms with his loss is Mr Know-It-All himself.

You can guess what direction the film is headed in from this point, and it takes an awful lot of time getting there. Along the way, parrots must be freed, and hot coals have to be stepped on. Too bad it isn’t the makers of this film stepping on those coals!

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Love Happens. It’s predictable, and the leads have no chemistry. Love may happen, but movies need scripts!

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