Imagine having a tragic loss and coping with that by writing a heartfelt journal that, through a series of coincidences, turns into a national best selling book on dealing with grief. Before you know it, you find yourself a self-help guru running workshops throughout the United States, even as you still have a niggling feeling that you haven't really dealt with all the emotions related to the loss itself.
That's the situation that Burke Ryan, PhD (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself in after his wife dies in a terrible car accident and he's leading "A Okay!" workshops to help others deal with the loss of a partner, parent, child or other loved one. With the ceaseless promotion of his business partner and agent Lane (Dan Fogler), Burke is portrayed as a rock star, uncertainly standing out in the hallway while listening to his glowing introduction. Intro over, he bursts through the door and runs to the stage, grinning and glad-handing audience members.
Predictably, he meets local florist Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) and finds her physically attractive (I won't say he falls for her because it's not until half-way into the movie that he learns anything about her) and so pursues her. Then it's the cliché boy-meets-girl, girl-spurns-boy, boy pursues, girl warms up to boy, happily ever after, yadda yadda. You know the drill.
While I'd like to say that this was a warm, romantic film, it was in fact more of an exercise in how many trite romantic film clichés can be stuffed into a single movie and a demonstration of how sometimes typecasting doesn't work very well: Eckhart was boring and unbelievable, and Anniston was, oh my god, the same role she's played since she was on Friends. Not a bad movie, I suppose, but don't go in expecting too much, okay?