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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)


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Hector is a psychiatrist with a good job a steady attractive girlfriend and a luxury flat, but his patients are unhappy and so is he. Hence he decides to search the world for the answer starting in China then moving to Africa where he meets an old friend and then moving on to Los Angeles where he searches out a former girlfriend, now married with children. But can he find happiness? So far it does not seem likely.


Hector travels through the movie having a succession of experiences which include an assignation with a Chinese prostitute, a visit to a Budhist monastery, family events in Africa, a time in a cell having been captured by terrorists amnd in Los Angeles a discussion with his former girlfriend where they discuss what might have been. Now and then through the film he skypes with his almost former girlfrend back in London. There is a bit of drinking, no drug taking and no sex or nudity, although the Chinese prostitute looks pretty slinky at times.

A View This is a bad film which attempts to make the best of Simon Pegg by having him do some inappropriate pratt falls. It was generally disliked by the critics although the general public seem to have thought more of it. Even though it was pretty low budget it did not nearly make its money back. I have watched it so you don’t have to.
Duration 2h Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel of the same name by Francois Lelord
Director Peter Chelsom
Writers/Script Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay
Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jean Reno, Ming Zhao, Togo Igawa, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Toni Collette
Additional Info I am always pleased to point out that Togo Igawa, a Japanese actor, has been a member of the Royal Shakespear Company and voiced an engine in Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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