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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Stellan Skarsgård
Rosamund Pike
Simon Pegg
Toni Collette
Christopher Plummer
Jean Reno.
Directors
Peter Chelsom.
Screenwriters
Peter Chelsom
Tinker Lindsay
Maria von Heland.
Running Time
120 minutes

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Hector And The Search For Happiness
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Plot
Despite success, a nice apartment and a girlfriend who looks an awful lot like Rosamund Pike, London psychiatrist Hector is unhappy. Very unhappy. Packing his bags, kissing his girlfriend goodbye, he sets off on a global odyssey to find his inner joy.


Review
Hector And The Search For Happiness

Simon Pegg is an odd fit for a self-helpy, Eat Pray Love-ish movie, yet here he is playing a psychologist who decides he’s not happy — with his lovely girlfriend (Rosamund Pike), well-paid job and swanky apartment — so goes off around the world to find what makes him tick, making banal observations as he goes. It’s hard to like Hector, a man who cheats on his girlfriend within days of leaving her and moans in the face of great fortune. Cod philosophical insights of the sort you might see printed over a photo of a sunset on Facebook don’t help.


Verdict
Despite the gusto its star brings to the role, it's hard to ride shotgun on Hector's voyage of discovery.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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The Patronising Life Of Walter Britty.

A self-help manual for the emotionally repressed and easily inspired, the film's heart is in the right place, but is every bit as condescending as its faux-angst-ridden protagonist. 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' has some interesting ideas, but really needs to seek professional help… ... More

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