Hector and the Search for Happiness

Film, Action and adventure
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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Simon Pegg plays the world’s most unconvincing psychiatrist in this fluffy, irritating Brit comedy. He’s Hector, who leaves his successful London practice and hot girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) to travel around the world searching for the secret to happiness. The problem for comedian Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) is that the role requires a bit of Serious Acting—and every time he puts on his compassionate face, he just looks smug.

In Africa, Hector bounces babies. In the Himalayas, he zens out with a Buddhist monk. What does he learn? That happiness is being loved for who you are. Also: Avoiding the road to unhappiness is not the road to happiness. In other words, it’s nothing he couldn’t have picked up during a sneaky lunchtime browse on self-help websites. At times, the whole thing is a hippie’s whisker away from playing like a clueless pop star’s visit to a developing country: Look at all the poor people! Aren’t they happy, with their smiling faces and lack of clean water!


Release details

Release date:
Friday August 15 2014
0 mins

Cast and crew

Peter Chelsom
Peter Chelsom, Maria von Heland
Simon Pegg
Rosamund Pike
Toni Collette

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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This is one of those movies that 'gets away with it'. What I mean by that is that it's basically not really very good, yet somehow I enjoyed it anyway!

Hector has a great wife, a good job but is not happy. So off he goes on a crazy journey of such epically great proportions it's a bit like a fairy tale. To learn what? That what he has at home is really wonderful and after all he should be happy?

It's not deep, it's not that clever and it's certainly not realistic. Yet, rather annoyingly I was thoroughly entertained and often very amused. Go figure. 


I enjoyed this film. It was quirky and off beat. Admittedly the end was a bit twee, but hey, it was a (trippy and odd) romcom after all. I thought Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike were good together. As for the search for happiness, I found it for at least 30minutes of this film, and what more can you ask for!


I loved this film. I am not a fan of Simon Pegg but actually enjoyed his performance in this film. I actually found it quiet touching