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Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Germany, Canada, United Kingdom · 2014
Rated R · 1h 54m
Director Peter Chelsom
Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård
Genre Adventure, Drama, Comedy

Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, 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.

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Village Voice by Amy Nicholson

Hector is trying to say something true about a generation of quietly dissatisfied demi-adults who are terrified to take emotional risks. At least it left its comfort zone and tried.


CineVue by Jamie Neish

If there's a positive to be taken away from Hector and the Search for Happiness, it's that British cinema doesn't get much worse than this.


The Hollywood Reporter by 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.


New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Even with appearances by such dependable performers as Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer and Jean Reno, the interminable Hector and the Search for Happiness will most likely inspire audiences to search for the exit door.


Empire by Olly Richards

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


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

What distinguishes the film from last year’s backpacking adventure, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, apart from its lobotomised worldview and charred, corroded soul, are Hector’s philosophical musings – “people who are afraid of death are afraid of life,” is one – that pop up on screen in a handwritten font whenever a lesson has been learnt.

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