Out in the US in September is Simon Pegg’s newest movie, Hector and the Search for Happiness. The trailer (below) makes this look like a typical “what does life really mean?” middle-aged search for identity (and validation that one’s made the right decisions), but then, we know that from the title. Great cast, though, particularly the girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) and the mentor Christopher Plummer, and there are some funny moments shown.
Here’s the official description:
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.
I’m reminded of Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, while others are calling it a gender-swapped Eat Pray Love. Is this what happens when young Hollywood guys enter their 40s? Or is it just a universal human reaction to reach a point in your life when you reflect on what happiness really means… and how wrong you were about it when you were younger?