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Simon Pegg in new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer

Hallelujah! Hector and the Search for Happiness is finally finding its way to North America. The film based on the book by the French psychiatrist Francis Lelord will debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival prior to a limited release in September. September the 19th if you want to set aside the date. 

We've been given a poster and a new trailer for the occasion! I notice someone online calling it the first trailer but really, we know better! I posted the first trailer back in February and posted another trailer back in June! We've been waiting for signs of life for such a long time - since we first heard about the Peter Chesolm-directed adaptation back in April of last year; I'm so glad we're closer to seeing Simon Pegg - who stars as the inquisitive shrink - and the rest of this killer cast of amazing actors: Rosamund Pike (his girlfriend, Clara), Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, and Jean Reno. The film follows a quirky psychiatrist (Pegg) who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As Hector tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he hasn’t really tasted life, so it feels wrong to offer advice to patients. [Do psychiatrists ever actually give 'advice'? Could have fooled me!] That's why Hector decides to break out and go on a global quest in search of finding real happiness.

Let's watch the new trailer, shall we?


  1. I'm torn on this one. I really liked this book, and I really like Simon Pegg and the other cast members, but the tone (based on the trailer I've seen) feels ALL WRONG. Not the right sensibility at all. The book was very fable-like, like The Little Prince for adults. And the movie looks a little slap-stick, a little rom-com. Still, I'm sure I'll watch it.

  2. It does seem very glossy, if you will. I'd LOVE to get your take on the adaptation when you do see it. Perhaps you'd be willing to write up a short review and allow me to share it??? I would SO love that!


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