Reviewsday: Hector and the Search for Happiness

A couple of months ago, Boyfriend came over to my house* really jazzed about Hector and the Search for Happiness. If logic has taught me anything it’s that if Boyfriend likes it, it’s worthwhile. (Man has impeccable taste. I mean, look at me.)

I’ll admit, I was not thrilled about this movie before watching it. I read the book several years ago and found myself rather disappointed. I haven’t gone back to the book recently but I believe it might have been one of those simply written books with greater themes that I didn’t quite grasp at the time.

Either way, Boyfriend and I watched it and it is not only worth watching, but one of those movies that reaches into the center of your soul, touches you lightly and says “yeah, I know.”

I could tell you about the movie but why would I do that when Rotten Tomatoes already did. Here’s what they said:

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale.

Ironically Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a terrible review, but mama I always said, “shut up, Rotten Tomatoes.”

Here are all the things I just love about Hector and the Search for Happiness:

  1. Hector, oh Hector. Hector is all of us at some point. He’s terribly bored with his life but too scared to change anything about it. 
  2. Hector runs away. He runs away to have a big adventure and ends up falling into and out of love, friendships and confusing moments while seeing the beauty of the world.
  3. The girl that you think might be his missing piece and the answer to all of his problems refuses to be any of those things because she’s a real human with her own pieces and answers and problems.
  4. No one has all the answers and Hector realizes that that’s ok.

One lesson in particular touched both Boyfriend and I, so much so that before his PCT hike I got him an adorable journal with the words hand-stamped:

Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness

Hope you get a chance to watch the movie and enjoy the hell out of it.

Best of luck!

*Our house now, but more on that another day.


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