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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  14 August 2014 (Germany)
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A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joyless Husband


A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.

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Rated R for language and some brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2014 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hector e a Procura da Felicidade  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,847 (USA) (19 September 2014)


$1,121,961 (USA) (12 December 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike play a couple in this movie. They previously appeared together in The World's End (2013). See more »


Hector uses computers and more specifically Skype several times to videochat with his girlfriend, yet none of the computers he uses seem to be equipped with the necessary camera or microphone that enables his girlfriend to see and hear him. See more »


[first lines]
Hector: [waking suddenly from a nightmare] Clara!
Clara: Hector... Morning, sweetheart. Time to raise and shine.
Hector: [narrating] One upon a time, there was a young psychiatrist called Hector, who had a very satisfactory life. His world was tidy, uncomplicated. And he liked it that way. He took great comfort in its predictable patterns. Patterns his girl friend Clara was happy to maintain.
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Written by Dan Mangan, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen and John Walsh
Performed by 'Dan Mangan' featuring Dave Grohl
Published by Dan Mangan Music (SOCAN)
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full of stereotypes
8 April 2015 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Some movies are good, some bad, some unimportant. This movie is fretful.It tries to copy "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", but it is a stupid copy.

What is the meaning of life? what makes you happy? If you want to know this, make a journey to developing countries. Afrika, China, Tibet.

And surprise surprise: After that you realize, that all the people there are more happy than the people in industrialized countries.

Job, career, money, a new clean house, an organized life. ...it does not make happy. And happiness is homemade food, cooking, dirty houses, easy living, chaos, many kids and a big family. Quit your job, stay poor and you have no problems.

A movie full of backpacker romanticism.

If you are a traveler and you have seen some countries in Asia, south America or Africa, you know, this is bullshit! It is not so easy as in this movie, which is full of racist stereotypes. The Chinese prostitute, dancing and singing Africans, Buddhist monks full of wisdom.

A story made on the drawing board without soul and love like a mass-produced article.

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