A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If you find yourself lost, metaphorically speaking, travel might be a way to find yourself and come back home. And it's important to be aware of your own issues, or you won't be able to change for the better.
Positive Role Models
Hector is stuck in a very comfortable rut, but he challenges himself because he wants to be better -- to be a better, more interesting person and to learn how best to treat those he loves.
Violence & Scariness
A drug lord threatens a traveler's life. Kidnappers beat up a character and threaten to shoot him point-blank; he's bloodied and scared in an extended sequence. In another scene, a man pushes a woman around. He hits her, and she hits back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A naked woman lies next to a man while asleep; her backside is visible. A woman prances around in her underwear while Skyping. Couples kiss. A prostitute propositions a man at a bar.
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Strong language includes "s--t," "hell," and many uses of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Lots of brands/products are spotted, including Skype, BMW, the New York Times, iPod, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari. In one scene, a man talks about how money buy happiness -- sort of.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Friends get drunk at a bar. A guy talks about being a drug dealer. Some discussion about the proper dosage for prescription pills. Social drinking and the like.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hector and the Search for Happiness -- which is based on the novel by Francois Lelord -- blends humor with a thought-provoking plot about a middle-aged man's identity crisis. Much of it is light and breezy, but a lot of it is ponderous, too, and may not appeal to younger viewers. Expect some swearing (mostly "s--t" and "f--k"), drinking (mostly social, though characters do get drunk at one point), partial nudity (a naked woman's backside is shown), kissing, and references to drug dealing. There's also an extended sequence in which a man is shown in a jail cell, clearly terrified, beaten (both physically and emotionally), and on the edge of his sanity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS (based on the novel by Francois Lelord) has a stodgy diligence that takes away from its cheery charm. Because even though many of its takeaways won't necessarily be enlightening (like the sixth item on Hector's list -- "Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness"), that doesn't necessarily mean that they aren't true, or at least helpful. Such is the joy of the movie, which revels in its straightforward yet resonant plot. It's just fun to watch.
But that doesn't quite make up for the fact that, as noted, none of his epiphanies are really surprises. And Pegg's considerable energy is tamped down in a role that constrains his natural gifts. See Hector to be reminded of what you may already know but have forgotten -- life is what you make it -- and enjoy it on that level.
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