Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Released 2014

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Director:
Peter Chelsom
Released:
2014
Rating:
R
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

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  • 40

    Empire Olly Richards

    Despite the gusto its star brings to the role, it's hard to ride shotgun on Hector's voyage of discovery.

  • 40

    Time Out London Cath Clarke

    Simon Pegg plays the world's most unconvincing psychiatrist in this fluffy, irritating Brit comedy.

  • 10

    The Hollywood Reporter Leslie Felperin

    The film manages, impressively, to be both crushingly banal and offensive in its use of cultural stereotypes. Watching it is like being brutally violated by a greeting card.

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