Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for language and some brief nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • A man in a cell sees a fully naked woman lying down next to him, and when he jumps up in shock realizes that it was only his imagination. Her back and a part of her buttocks are seen for about a couple of seconds.
  • Describing happiness includes references to a penis, and we see a pencil drawing of a man touching breasts.
  • During a conversation, it's not clear whether a French woman is saying "happiness" or "a penis." This later is discussed and parodied.
  • A man and woman go to a hotel room to have sex. They kiss and she is seen in her lingerie. She takes a shower and is seen from the shoulders up in the shower. she goes out to the man to have sex, but he has fallen asleep. she lays down next to him. he wakes up in the middle of the night to find her sleeping next to him. she is shown fully naked with her leg covering her groin and her arm covering her breasts. he covers her up and snuggles her, falling back asleep.
  • One character is a prostitute.
  • A man is skyping with a woman and she is in her lingerie. men watch the skype call over the man's shoulder to look at the woman. she sees them watching and smacks her butt suggestively for them.

Violence & Gore

  • There is an extended scene of kidnapping. A character is knocked around and threatened with a gun. A man shoots an animal, and we see it disintegrate; this is very brief.
  • Criminal militias threaten gun violence on a couple of occasions.
  • A man in a bar threatens another man and slaps him around.
  • A woman's pimp hits her. A man tries to intercede and the woman hits him too.


  • 13 uses of "fuck".
  • Four "Shit"s.
  • "Bloody".
  • Three Jesus expressions and several God expressions; i.e. OMG.
  • "Sod it".
  • "Skank".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Prescription drugs are mentioned multiple times, as Hector is a psychiatrist.
  • Two men drink champagne on the plane.
  • A man drinks a beer at a bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is an extended scene of kidnapping in which a character is knocked around and threatened with a gun and becomes hallucinatory due to lack of food and water.

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