Love Happens Routinely Overstates the Obvious
- Friday, September 18, 2009
Believe it or not, with the pleasing Seattle backdrop and a decent selection of music in the background, the love story is a veritable picnic to watch compared to the painful scenes where Burke attempts to help those grieving. With every by-the-numbers self-help approach on display (walking on hot coals to overcome your fear, encouragement to make lemonade out of life's lemons), what could've been a meaningful dialogue has all the emotional pathos of an infomercial, meaning you'll probably find better opportunities to see "love happen" elsewhere.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking plus a couple of characters use excessive alcohol to mask their pain.
- Language/Profanity: Far less profanity than most movies of this ilk, but there's still a handful of expletives and instances where the Lord's name is taken in vain.
- Sex/Nudity: No sex scenes, but there is some sexually charged banter in Marty's (Judy Greer) slam poetry reading.
- Violence: The car accident that led to Burke's wife's death is shown several times. The unpleasant circumstances leading up to the death of Walter's (John Carroll Lynch) son are also described rather vividly.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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