Without trying to sound too depressing, have you ever tried to nail down the definition of happiness? If you think about it, it should be easy to define, but what happiness means to others, it might not mean the same to you. That’s if you think you can know what true happiness is in the first place.
Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, and starring my favourite ginger (next to Tim Minchin) Simon Pegg, Hector and the Search for Happiness is about the quest to find out if true happiness exists.
Simon Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier! He’s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.
Parallels can obviously be drawn between Hector and the Search for Happiness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, one of which is that they both have obnoxiously long titles that are a pain to type, but with a distinct lack of Ben Stiller I think I know which one I prefer.
Currently without a specific release date, Hector and the Search for Happiness co-stars Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.
Last Updated: February 6, 2014