Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) is a famous auther and motivational speaker for those who have lost loved ones. Â Burke comes to Seattle to do a seminar for his book called “A-Okay!” Â Burke wrote his story to tell the world about his wife’s death, which was his way of coping with his loss. Â Burke’s wife died in Seattle and her father comes to see Burke to try and get Burke to grieve like everyone he helps. Â As the film continues, we see the struggles of many individuals who have lost family and friends, including Burke himself. Â He is not able to ride on an elevator, he sees flashbacks, and pictures her in places. Â Burke spends all of his time and energy helping others get over their losses step by step, but he really can not do it himself. Â Then he meets Elouise (Jennifer Aniston). Â Â Eloise takes it upon herself to help Burke get over the loss of his wife, and Burke sees this as an opportunity and goes along with it until he feels pushed too far. Â Meanwhile, Burke and his manager (Dan Fogler) are trying to work on a huge multimedia deal and all of the stress has put Burke over the edge. Â This movie also stars Martin Sheen, Judy Greer and a cameo of Â Sasha Alexander (Gretchen from Dawson’s Creek!)
When I added this movie to my netflix, I thought for sure it would be a nice romance movie with Jennifer Aniston, but I was sadly mistaken. Â Instead, I was on the verge of tears throughout many parts of the movie. Â I heard a couple stories of losses, and it just saddens me to hear their stories. Â And then they play the John Hiatt song, “Have a little faith in me” and of course I just burst into tears instantly. Â Every time that song is in a movie or show, it seems that it is always when someone dies or is grieving. Â I thought this film was okay, but I was just expecting something different. Â Love does happen in the strangest ways, but I was not impressed with the way we see love in this film. Â The film was more focused on death, grieving, and finding yourself again, then it was focused on the love story between Eckhart and Aniston. If you want a good cry, then you might want to watch it, but it is not my top pick of a film.