Burke Ryan is a successful therapist, holder of a Ph.D. and author of a self-help book that gives advice about dealing with the loss of a loved one. He writes the book after his wife dies in a car accident as a way to deal with the grief.
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 protagonist drinks regularly, and several scenes take place in a bar where adults are drinking (and, in one case, smoking from a hookah pipe). Language includes "s--t," "ass," and "pissed off."
Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) has all the answers for dealing with life's problems -- including the loss of a loved one. But when the self-help guru bumps into Eloise (Jennifer Aniston), a woman who makes him look at the man beneath his façade, he is forced to question his own advice and whether he has really addressed his own grief.
This script contains numerous uses of mild and moderate profanities including crude sexual terms and a rude sexual hand gesture. Several scenes include crude sexual innuendo and discussions. Characters recount the events surrounding the death of loved ones. Details of an automobile accident are repeatedly seen. A man burns his feet after standing on hot coals. A domestic bird is let loose in the wilderness. Characters are shown drinking on several occasions. They also use a hookah pipe. A man, who drinks to deal with grief, accuses a woman of being negatively affected by cold medicine.
Even among couples who have been married 20 years or longer, many showed neural activity in dopamine-rich regions associated with reward and motivation, particularly the VTA, in line with those early-stage romantic love studies. In a 2012 study in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, participants showed greater brain activation in the VTA in response to images of their long-term spouse when compared with images of a close friend and a highly familiar acquaintance. Study results also showed common neural activity in several regions often activated in maternal attachment, including the frontal, limbic, and basal ganglia areas.
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Aniston stars as Eloise, an unlucky-in-love florist. By chance, she attends a seminar offered by successful self-help guru Burke, played by Aaron Eckhart. Burke wrote his best-selling self-help book in the wake of his wife's tragic death as a way to cope with his grief. However, as Eloise soon discovers, he may not be as healed as his public persona makes him appear to be.
Romance films don't need to be complicated, high-brow, or experimental. Sometimes, you just want to watch two people fall in love. Eloise and Burke's connection is sweet, and harkens back to the unpredictability of real-life love. It's these simple elements that come together to make "Love Happens" a charming film. For those rainy days where you just want to watch some easy romance and maybe get lost in your own feels, "Love Happens" is the ideal watch.
Unrequited love is love that is not mutual or reciprocated; one person loves someone who does not love them back. The word requite literally means to return or to repay. The term unrequited love, in particular, carries an intentionally dramatic or romantic connotation to it, in part because the phrase appears so often throughout classic literature and poetry and continues to be a popular theme in books, movies, and music today.
Of course, unrequited love does happen in real life as well. "While it commonly occurs between a person who falls in love with someone who is physically or emotionally unavailable, it can also occur between two friends who share a deep level of intimacy," licensed marriage and family therapist Weena Cullins, LCMFT, tells mbg. "One friend's feelings may shift from platonic to romantic while the other friend's feelings remain compartmentalized."
Unrequited love can be deeply painful for the person who's in love, in part because it often means they will not get to share life with this person as fully or deeply as they want. The lack of reciprocity may also feel like rejection or condemnation of their worth.
That said, according to couples' therapist Alicia Muñoz, LPC, some people may actually enjoy the sense of drama and drive that unrequited love may bring to their life. "Although unrequited love gets a bad rap, it can actually be thrilling and addictive. Even when it's emotionally painful to want someone who is out of reach or who doesn't respond to you, unrequited love can heighten your sense of self through the painful dramas it creates."
Usually a person knows when they're experiencing unrequited love: You have romantic feelings for someone who you're not romantically involved with and who you know likely doesn't have the same feelings for you. But in some situations, perhaps you're receiving mixed signals from the object of your affection and can't actually tell whether the feelings are mutual or not.
If the person you like maintains firm boundaries whenever you try to express your feelings for them, Cullins says that's a sign your love is likely not reciprocated. "For example, if you suggest that you and your love interest go on a formal date or spend intimate time alone, they may repeatedly decline or suggest activities that don't foster a romantic connection."
Do they talk about how much they want to be in a relationship but then dodge the topic when you mention you're interested? That's probably not a good sign, says Cullins. "If they express an openness to meeting new people and/or dating after you've clearly expressed a romantic interest in them, this may be an indicator that your love is unrequited."
Pay attention to whether they're putting in as much time, energy, attention, and care into the relationship as you are, Cullins suggests. "If you find yourself consistently considering your love interest first but seeing signs that they don't consider you nearly as much, that may be an indicator of unrequited love."
The thing about unrequited love is that people most often experience it toward someone they don't actually know that well or someone who hasn't actually opened up to them fully. So in some ways, unrequited love may be closer to infatuation than real love in most situations.
"The external drama we create through indulging in unrequited love for prolonged periods of time saves us from the messiness and disappointment of cultivating real love and loving a real person rather than a fantasy or a projection. Sometimes it even protects us from processing traumas we've experienced in past relationships that we don't want to face," she explains.
"Real love is about facing hard truths about ourselves and others with compassion, cultivating connection, and overcoming challenges as a team. Real love involves risk, vulnerability, and courage. Loving someone who doesn't love you back is a way of controlling the narrative by avoiding the unpredictability of real love and the maturity real love requires."
People can sometimes lean on unrequited love as a way of avoiding taking responsibility for themselves and for their own happiness, Muñoz points out. "We chase the illusion of this elusive idealized other, telling ourselves that if only they loved us, we'd be fulfilled. This can keep us living in a childlike mindset where we avoid responsibility by believing we'll be rescued, magic will happen, and we'll feel happy, worthy, or whole with little effort invested on our part."
All that said, there are certainly healthier ways to experience love that isn't returned. It's possible to love someone and simply not be concerned with whether they love you back. You can love someone from afar, admiring them, wanting the best for them, and caring for them in the ways you can, without asking anything from them in return. There's an old quote thought to be by the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that puts this type of selfless love into perspective: If I love you, what business is it of yours?
Burke Ryan (Eckhart), is a successful Ph.D. and author of a self-help book that gives advice about dealing with the loss of a loved one. He writes the book after his wife dies in a car accident as a way to deal with the grief. While giving a workshop in Seattle, where his wife was from, he meets Eloise (Aniston), a creative floral designer who owns her own flower shop.This film contains examples of: The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Burke wrote a self-help book that gives advice about dealing with the loss of a loved one after his wife dies in a car accident as a way to deal with the grief, but it soon becomes clear that Burke himself has not been following his own advice and has not been able to deal with the loss of his wife. It is later revealed that, in the car accident in which his wife died, he was driving the car, and not her, as he previously maintained, and due to this he blames himself for her death.
It's All My Fault: Towards the end, Burke confesses that he was driving the car during the car accident in which his wife died, and not her, as he previously maintained, and that due to this, he blames himself for her death.
The Lost Lenore: It's clear that Burke took the death of his wife very hard.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Eloise is a quirky flower shop owner that teaches Burke how to love again and heal after his wife's death.
Rom Com Job: Of the "Creative Media" and "Shop Owner" types, respectively; Burke is a self-help book writer and Eloise is a flower shop owner.