Simon Pegg plays Hector a successful middle-aged London-based psychiatrist who has everything he could want in life. His business is a success and he has a loving partner Clara (Rosamund Pike) who worships him and would do anything to make him happy.


Unfortunately no matter want anyone does for Hector he finds that he's just not happy and he feels that his life is settling into a rut. He becomes cranky with his patents, taking to screaming at them for worrying about petty things like their broken marriages and depression when there are people suffering elsewhere in the world. He then has a mini nervous break down leaving him to wonder if he actually does love Clara and the life that he has.

Hector then decides that to make himself happy he needs to find out what actually makes people happy. So with his diary in hand he sets on a quest to discover the true meaning of happiness.

On his travels around the globe Hector makes new friends, meets up with old ones, including a businessman (Stellan Skarsgard) who makes Hector wonder if you can love more than one woman at a time, a drugs baron Jean Reno (French), psychology professor (Christopher Plummer) an old flame (Toni Collette). During his various adventures Hector takes to writing down his insights — for example, “Listening is loving”, "Happiness Is Being Loved For Who You Are", "Avoiding The Road To Unhappiness is Not The Road To Happiness"— in a notebook.

Pegg is wonderful as Hector, showing a side to his performance that we've rarely seen in the past. He brings depth to Hector from his rage at his selfish clients to his wonder and awe as he sets out to discover if life is truly wonderful. There are similarities to last years "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" both in terms of the look and feel of the film. However comparing the two would be unfair as "Hector and the Search for Happiness" is everything that Mitty was not, it's moving intelligent and above all not to be missed.





Hector And The Search For Happiness (15)

Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer

UK Release: Friday 15th August 2014

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