Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

DVD - 2015
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urovrdu
Jan 15, 2018

I give a 5 because not only is it a good movie with sensitive actors, it also has clever animation between some of the scenes

Enjoyable movie. Both principal actors do a great job. Excellent cinematography in China, Africa, and Russia.

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dancingdj2
Jun 08, 2017

Interesting movie about how life can change if you move forward. Has some comedy thrown in that works.

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SmartAssAWhip
Sep 25, 2016

Man feels "empty", decides to travel, stuff happens. This formula was done much better in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The directing, writing, characters, cinematography, and even jokes were all superior in that much more inspiring movie, so watch THAT instead. THIS movie was very formulaic, even poorly done in parts.

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twzrhd
Apr 13, 2016

Pleasantly surprised. Expect to have a few tender moments and several outbursts of laughing. Great acting. Well done.

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simonbrenden
Dec 02, 2015

The film was ok, albeit the scenes in China did not ring true. It is difficult to believe that the "hero" was so unaware of the true nature of his situation.

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dprodrig
Nov 13, 2015

I really enjoyed this movie. It was sweet, moving the characters through their own personal journeys filled with many humourous moments, moments of utter terror, moments of illumination, and then to a really nice finale. Loved it.

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Hyacinth22
Aug 31, 2015

I'm a big fan of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and this movie is similar in theme. I laughed out loud throughout this movie. Well worth it!

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grammaE
Aug 01, 2015

My rating limitation is for the use of the "f" word in this movie. Totally unnecessary in such an amazing, wonderful, uplifting film. Excellent acting by Simon Pegg. I would buy this if I could get with the "f" word muted somehow. I will watch again, and again, while muting the bad language if I can. Loved it! I am going to read the book to see if it is better than the movie.

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bjohns
Aug 01, 2015

A cute English take on a famous French book. Simon Pegg can actually act and Rosamund Pike is the quintessential English woman; beautiful, intelligent, but understated and unpretencious . Loved the travel scenery.

Well worth the watch.

PrimaGigi Jul 24, 2015

Simon Pegg knocks it out of the park again. He has to be the most underrated British actors that America hasn't caught on to. He's an underground, adorable nerd-geek. Simon does what he does best in this movie was is give you comedy with depth.

OhioToon Jul 14, 2015

I just loved this movie, and along with Paul and Hot Fuzz, both of which star Simon Pegg, these 3 movies have some very interesting messages to deliver.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 26, 2015

This comedy from the UK is fairly light-weight. The film takes the protagonist, searching for 'ingredients of happiness', to Shanghai, Tibet, South Africa and then LA. So you get a little bonus of world travel. Otherwise, it borders on being forgettable.

Quimeras Jun 25, 2015

An enjoyable film except for the extremely predictable and sappy ending.

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librarylizzard
Jun 11, 2015

I am a big fan of Simon Pegg, and this movie did not disappoint. Hector is a psychologist (and a rather poor one, at that) who realizes he needs to find the root of happiness if he truly wants to help his patients. What follows is an epic quest that tests him mentally, physically and emotionally. Though it's not as wild as Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, there were several scenes that had me doubled over. It is much more serious than his typical movies, though, so I wouldn't choose it for comedy night.

magictouch May 25, 2015

What's a happy life? A psychiatrist embarked on a journey of pursuit of happiness and had a happy pursuit at the end of the day. It's a scary, and at the same time pleasurable and loving adventure.

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ralwal
May 24, 2015

Quite funny at times, but I felt the switching from fun to pathos, to drama didn't quite work. However interesting concept and quite enjoyable.

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stse88
Apr 15, 2015

Not an outright comedy as I thought it was, but nevertheless a joyous and entertaining movie that's worth watching.

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jaymemac1
Apr 02, 2015

Really enjoyed the ying and yang of thought provoking subject matter seamlessly mixed with bits of absurd comedy. Perfect casting, well written, beautifully shot, light touches of graphic/ animation add some fun.
An "under the radar" treat!

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0cho
Apr 01, 2015

Excellent movie! Enjoyed this one, lots of good laughs, well written script and good subject matter.

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john_doh17
Mar 06, 2015

Warning Spoilers ahead! What I liked about this movie was the theme of the search for happiness. A subtle message is that we need to have meaning in our lives to be happy. I am not sure that is true but most people buy that. The funniest part for me was the French lady looking for happiness at the beginning. I was a little disappointed with the conclusion that having kids and getting married is the key to happiness. That may be true for some people, but again the typical Hollywood fantasy about love, romance and happy endings glosses over the reality of life and sets unlikely and improbable standards. I kept waiting for Rosamund Pike to go all "Gone Girl". I think I will always be afraid of her after Gone Girl...

7duffy Feb 16, 2015

Better than average film. Good story, very good direction and acting. Amusing and fun to watch at times with illustrative special effects thrown in.

KittyMoonshine Feb 12, 2015

Hector gets in to a number of situations that he manages to get out of. A typical Simon Peg film, but enjoyable.


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