Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)
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as Pathetic Jane
as Professor Coreman
as Evil Plane Assassin
as Young Hector
as Queen's Guard
as Clara's Boss
as French Proprietress
as Professor Niedorf
as Joyless Husband
as Joyless Wife
as Passport Control
as Little Girl at Airport
as Stressed German
as Economy Class Stewardess
as Business Class Stewardess #1
as Business Class Stewardess #2
as Chinese Club Manager
as Ying Li
as Hotel Receptionist
as Yong Monk
as Old Monk
as Shanghai Airport Ticket Lady
as Marie Louise
as Old Lady African Airport
as Pretty Cousin
as Grim Granny
as Taxi Driver
as Carjacker #1
as Carjacker #2
as African Boss
as African Party Band Singer
as First Class Passenger
as Stewardess - LA Flight
as Dying Woman on Plane
as Coreman's Assistant
as Hector Stunt Double
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Critic Reviews for Hector And The Search For Happiness
Hector may indeed learn that narcissism stands in the way of happiness, but he also walks away with his privileges intact and unchallenged.
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.
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.
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.
While there's limited value in Hector's search for happiness and the dozen-plus "lessons" he learns about the emotional state, the film works nicely as a character piece.
Audience Reviews for Hector And The Search For Happiness
A sweet movie that is predictable.
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.
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.
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