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Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)



Critic Consensus: Simon Pegg remains as charming as ever, but Hector and the Search for Happiness drowns his appeal in schmaltz.

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Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), 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. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. (c) Relativity Media

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Simon Pegg
as Hector
Tracy Ann Oberman
as Pathetic Jane
Christopher Plummer
as Professor Coreman
Jean Reno
as Diego
Jordan Schartner
as Evil Plane Assassin
Jakob Davies
as Young Hector
Vincent Gale
as Clara's Boss
Gabrielle Rose
as French Proprietress
Bernard Cuffling
as Professor Niedorf
Dean Paul Gibson
as Joyless Husband
Eileen Barrett
as Joyless Wife
Gribunina Marina
as Passport Control
Ingrid Lin
as Little Girl at Airport
Thorsten Wedekind
as Stressed German
Ana Trujic
as Economy Class Stewardess
Alexa Damian
as Business Class Stewardess #1
Megan White
as Business Class Stewardess #2
Wang Qiong
as Chinese Club Manager
Ming Zhao
as Ying Li
Neil Li
as Hotel Receptionist
Aaron Lee
as Yong Monk
Togo Igawa
as Old Monk
Joo Kyeong Lee
as Shanghai Airport Ticket Lady
S'Thandiwe Kgoroge
as Marie Louise
Christine LeBronq
as Old Lady African Airport
Barry Atsma
as Michael
Dalias Blake
as Bartender
Hlubi Mboya
as Pretty Cousin
Mary Twala
as Grim Granny
Sam Medupe
as Taxi Driver
Charles Baloyi
as Carjacker #1
Senzo Vilakazi
as Carjacker #2
Akin Omotoso
as African Boss
Walter Chukwu
as African Party Band Singer
Tessa Jubber
as First Class Passenger
Sivan Raphedy
as Stewardess - LA Flight
Chantel Herman
as Dying Woman on Plane
Elizabeth McLaughlin
as Coreman's Assistant
Daniel Hirst
as Hector Stunt Double
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Critic Reviews for Hector And The Search For Happiness

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (36)

Hector may indeed learn that narcissism stands in the way of happiness, but he also walks away with his privileges intact and unchallenged.

December 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Staggering out of Hector and The Search For Happiness, I had the impression of having witnessed an unequivocal fiasco, a film no human being would be likely to enjoy.

October 24, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Think of EAT, PRAY, LOVE which has a similar sort of journey and this is so much better than that.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5

A movie bearing as faux-naive a title as this has to make a pretty good case for itself. This it decidedly does not do.

October 2, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This tone-deaf story about a shrink healing himself should come with a bottle of tranquilizers for every patron.

October 2, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Potential peeps out occasionally in Hector and the Search for Happiness, but then flounders and gets lost in a bland sea of sentimentality and cultural myopia.

October 2, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hector And The Search For Happiness


A sweet movie that is predictable.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

So flippin' awesome! A stuck-in-a-rut psychiatrist is losing patience with his patients and finds that the problem is himself, so he embarks on a world tour to find the secret to happiness...with some selfish self-actualization along the way. The happy moments are indeed uplifting as hell, but Hector's unexpected imprisonment in a third world prison is truly harrowing and suspenseful. The little details are just marvelous: the Tintin parallels, Hector half-closing his eyes to match his botched passport photo, the papier-mache plane turbulence, Hector's perpetual lack of writing utensils figuring into his emancipation, and Clara's neuroticisms, "Is this conversation going as badly/well as I think it is?" Simon Pegg is absolutely darling as the mild-mannered though emotionally courageous Hector, and Rosamund Pike plays his put-upon yet supportive girlfriend with her trademark icy gutsiness. Ming Zhao (and her waterfall of hair) is riveting as Ying Li, Hector's one-night-one-day-stand, and it's a pity that there doesn't seem to be more substantive projects in development on her IMDb page.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A psychiatrist in a rut travels to find the key to happiness. Is it possible for a film to be trite, cliche, predictable, and effective? This film is all of those things. The resolution to the conflict is obvious from the beginning, and the individual act climaxes are obvious. And while the film doesn't offer any new wisdom about life, love, and happiness, that doesn't mean that its repetition of classic wisdom isn't heart-warming and effective. There are also factual errors in the film, which will bother the more logical and cerebral viewer. Special kudos go to Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike who give wonderful performances. Overall, it's a lovely though unremarkable film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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