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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:
Pathetic Jane
Diego Baresco
Ying Li
Old Monk
Professor Coreman
Bruce Fontaine ...
Bernard Cuffling ...
Professor Niedorf
Dean Paul Gibson ...
Joyless Husband


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

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Everyone wants to find it. See more »

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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?


When Hector visits the Himalayas, the flags are Tibetan prayer flags. Colors represents the five elements. Health and harmony can be produced with the balance of all the elements. It is the belief that the wind will carry the prayers and mantras to provide good will and compassion to the surrounding areas. See more »


Agnes' vehicle is a Ford Escape with a body style that was not released until the 2013 model year. Its California license plate, however, starts with 3NQI. California plates are numbered sequentially. 3N* plates were issued to vehicles circa 1996-7. Standard plates like this do not transfer to newer vehicles, but remain with the vehicle even when sold, so this plate could not have been issued to this vehicle. 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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References Run, Fatboy, Run (2007) See more »


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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This is a really really good movie.
3 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught a screening. Hard to put your finger on, it's not exactly a comedy or romance or drama but it's got all those elements in it yet they all balance perfectly. Really had me. Well, I laughed a lot, so maybe it is a comedy. Everybody's funny in it. Simon Pegg is the best I've ever seen him. Always loved him, never exactly thought of him as a dramatic actor but he sure lays it down here. Wonderful surprise, I hope he does more quality moves like this, he's too talented to waste. Most worthwhile film I've seen all year. Just incredibly satisfying. No spoilers here so I'll just say it's a really great. Going to take my friends when it comes around again. Funny, smart and a terrific ending. Why is that so hard to do these days?

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