Love Happens announces itself as a romantic comedy but doesn't speak the language of love. Instead, it trades in the slogans of self-help procedural.
The film unfolds during a weekend seminar in Seattle where Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart), mental-health guru, belatedly swallows advice he dispenses to others.
Burke is one of those publicly charismatic, privately brooding fellows who preaches what he cannot practice. Though he counsels others to accept that there is life after a loved one's death, Burke is in prolonged mourning for his late wife.