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Hector and the Search for Happiness

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Man's quest for meaning has some swearing, risqué moments.

Movie R 2014 120 minutes
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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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