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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness
Starring:
Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Jean Reno, Ming Zhao, Togo Igawa, Christopher Plummer


Rated: R for language and some brief nudity.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 3, 2014 Released by: Egoli Tossell Film

Hector is psychiatrist who determines he must search for happiness and that will require him to travel to find the secrets of what creates happiness. He must leave his girl friend (Rosamund Pike) in London as he travels to China, Africa, and Los Angeles.  The script is filled with comedy and  interesting  encounters.  

While a stream of light comedy permeates the script we become concerned when the beautiful girl (Ming Zhao) who he spends and unusual night with is forced to leave him.  In Africa Diego Baresco (Jean Reno) becomes a friend when Hector using his medical skills prescribes less medication for Diego's wife and she responds.  Later it takes a pen from Diego to save Hector from incarnation by low level drug dealers.  

That is the dark low  point in his travels, because next he comes into a contact with a woman who is dying and when he assists her and brings her to first class on the plane she presents an image of after life that she describes as a carousel filled with her friends and relatives who are smiling and waving to as she arrives in the next life.  In her state of life she appears to have found happiness. 

Clara (Pike) is at home continuing with their perfectly comfortable safe life with everything in place and her career growing.  The life Hector walked away from looks good, but he continues to look for the catalyst to create happiness. 

In L.A. he connects with a former girlfriend (Toni Collette) who explains that happiness for her is non existent, life is never perfect, she has kids that are a great deal of work but they also bring great joy into her life. 

Hector has an enjoyable journey and discovers that happiness can be found in his own back yard, and that what had become complacent to him was interesting and so is Clara as he surprises her by coming home and to bed in the middle of the night. 

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Hector and the Search for Happiness  B      C-                     C+ 

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