Hector and the Search for Happiness Poster

Release Date: September 19th, 2014

R|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
Disillusioned with the tedium of his existence, psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) confesses to his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) that he feels he is a fraud for dispensing recommendations to patients who never seem to improve or get any happier. He considers breaking out of his lackluster routine. Summoning up some courage, Hector gives his starved curiosity free rein and embarks on an international quest to find the right formula to bring him joy and vitality.

Cast: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Chad Willett, Veronica Ferres

Director: Peter Chelsom

Genres: Comedy drama, Adventure

Production Co: Egoli Tossell Film, Head Gear Films, Wild Bunch, Construction Film, Screen Siren Pictures, Erfttal Film

Distributors: Relativity Media, Relativity Media

Keywords: House, Emotional, 2010s, Office, Hospital, Amusing, Friend, Doctor, Girlfriend, London, Pursuit

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  • Filled with embarrassing gosh-golly moments about non-Western cultures, it's a staggering, and insulting, example of cultural myopia. show more

  • In its conflation of happiness and self-knowledge, “Hector” often feels like the visual approximation of a therapy session. And just as therapy is work, enduring this mess is exertion, too. show more

  • 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. show more

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