Hector and the search for happiness is what you would call a ‘feel good’ comedy, with the main character going through ‘personal growth’, and some in audience members who will decide if they like the film according to the ‘personal growth’ they got from the film. We often hear people describe the worth of a work of art by how ‘important’ it is. The Hector of the title is an unhappy psychiatrist who leaves the woman he loves (Rosamund Pike) to travel around the world and find out what makes people happy. First stop: China. On the plane he meets a taciturn and cynical businessman (Stellan Skarsgard), who offers Hector his hospitality. In Africa he meets French actor Jean Reno (very good here) as a drug lord, and gets entangled in the war between the drug lord and the militia. Finally, in LA he visits an ex girlfriend (Toni Collette) and one of his old teachers. The teacher (Christopher Plummer) is working on an emotion analyzing machine. Simon Pegg as Hector pushes his character’s geekness a bit too far, and his attempt at physical humor early in the film is pitiful. And the whole film just feel awkward. Sorry, but I did not ‘feel good’ about Hector and the search for happiness.
Hector and the search for happiness