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Hector and the Search for Happiness - Film Review

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Published October 24th 2014
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Hector is a psychiatrist whose life runs like clockwork. His girlfriend perpetuates it by keeping it that way. Their life is tidy and that's the way he likes it. A day in the office is a mindless repetition of the previous day over and over again. In the end Hector decides he's not making his patients happy and it's time he got out to do some research about what makes people happy.

In his quest to travel the globe in search for happiness, he leaves behind one very unhappy girlfriend to whom he cannot commit to a timeframe he will be home.

I thought Hector was a brilliant movie. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It is rich with content and Simon Pegg is in fine form as Hector. Rosamund Pike seems to be hot property at the moment and appears to be in every current movie i.e. Gone Girl with Ben Affleck, A Long Way Down with Pierce Brosnan and now Hector.

Hector's search for happiness puts him in some very interesting situations with 'danger' served on the side. From every encounter he learns of the many ways people find happiness, but the lesson doesn't come easy. He finds himself in countless situations as he bumbles along notebook in hand. Perhaps having the notebook in hand all the time was a little too much.

There is a strong supporting cast in Toni Collette, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård and they add a good strong whack of interest to the film. The story is simple, a man in search of happiness, but I will leave you to discover and enjoy the many situations he gets himself into. No Oscar winner, but definitely worth a laugh or in my case, a good cry. I think I'm getting soft! I give this a 7 out of 10.

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