From the director of Serendipity and based on the acclaimed novel comes this funny, imaginative film with an all-star cast. By all appearances, Hector (Simon Pegg) has it all – a successful psychiatry practice, a comfortable home and a beautiful, loving girlfriend (Rosamund Pike). However, he’s frustrated that he can’t provide his patients with real happiness – or even define it for them. So, he decides to travel the world in search of the elusive emotion. From rural China to Africa and even to Los Angeles, Hector’s trek is as hilarious as it is enlightening in this richly satisfying comedy that also stars Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård.
**Around the World with Simon Pegg
**The Making of Hector and the Search For Happiness
**Director Commentary by Peter Chelsom
Cast & Crew
While there's limited value in Hector's search for happiness and the dozen-plus "lessons" he learns about the emotional state, the film works nicely as a character piece.
This film is a winner. It will not only entertain you, but also make you think about what it takes to bring happiness into your own life.
A sweet-natured film that flounders a bit before reaching its satisfying destination, "Hector and the Search for Happiness" is about precisely what its title indicates.
It's important that, as we follow Hector's travels and travails, we see him as well-intentioned but flawed. Pegg allows that to come through.