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Film review: Hector and the Search for Happiness

This Peter Chelsom-directed film will make you smile this summer – and join us and Action for Happiness for our very own Happiness Day on Facebook this Friday

by Suzy Greaves

Hector and the search for happiness

A charming romantic comedy that follows the journey of quirky London psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg), on a global quest to find happiness. Hector tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), that he feels like a fraud: offering advice to patients on how to be happy when he is not happy himself. Embarking on a round-the-world trip, he does everything from communing with Buddhist monks in China to being kidnapped by car thieves in Africa to reconnecting with his ex-girlfriend (Toni Colette) in California in order to ‘find’ happiness.

Based on the book by François Lelord, the final wisdom comes from Christopher Plummer, who plays self-help author Professor Coreman: ‘Happiness is not a destination,’ he says. ‘It’s a state of being.’

If this fun film doesn’t teach you the secret to happiness, it will certainly put a smile on your face.

To celebrate the release of Hector and the Search For Happiness on 15 August, we’re have teamed up with Action For Happiness for our very own Happiness Day on Facebook on Friday, asking what happiness means to you. The ‘Happiness is...’ team will then choose their favourites and create sketches of your thoughts. Keep an eye out for #SearchForHappiness