The premise of Andy Tennant's latest — a former cop turned bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) gets the chance to bust his ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston) but gets caught up in a twisty mystery that leads the couple to reconsider their relationship — must have sounded foolproof to studio executives hanging out in a hot tub time machine set for the 1980s. This lazy action-oriented romantic comedy can't quite seem to make up its mind what it wants to be, and its leads aren’t exactly suited to carry such an unpackaged burden. Grade: D.
Director/co-writer Brandon Camp doesn't seem to understand what's happening in his movie, but 'Love Happens' suffers from a very common ailment: a lack of focus and will. In the end, the 'Love' blooming here is nothing more than a conventional bore, which only further cements the impressions its leads have with mainstream audiences, especially Jennifer Aniston. Grade: D.
Steve Zahn again brings his doofus routine to this spare, character-driven piece that suffers from a serious case of tonal imbalance. Writer/director Stephen Belber's off-kilter comedy feels uncommonly slight, which probably shouldn't be a surprise — it's based on his own one-act play. Grade: C.
Destined to be called the "Jennifer movie" because it stars Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly and Ginnifer Goodwin, the story grinds gears between a series of bumpy subplots rather than fully developed set pieces. From its lack of comic timing and romantic suspense, it's clear that none of the filmmakers has ever seen a Woody Allen movie. Grade: C-