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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Rated R 114 min. 2014



A well-off London psychiatrist, Hector (Simon Pegg) seems to have it all, yet he can't seem to turn the corner into contentment. So he sets off on a globe-trotting journey to find himself, resulting in a tone-deaf, clumsy and fundamentally icky comedy. Everyone who crosses paths with Hector—happy African villager, wise Chinese monk—is inserted sideways into the script to impart creaky platitudes about life and love. After this and last year's similarly themed yawn The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I'd like to propose a ban—10 years, say—on "quirky" stories of middle-class Western pilgrims seeking enlightenment in exotic locales. Maybe 50 years.

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Official Site: www.facebook.com/hectorandthesearchforhappiness

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writer: Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay

Producer: Judy Tossell, Klaus Dohle, Christine Haebler and Trish Dolman

Cast: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer

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