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Watch: First Trailer For 'Walter Mitty'-Esque 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' Starring Simon Pegg

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 5, 2014 5:19 PM
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Hector And The Search For Happiness

First announced way back in 2012, we sort of forgot about this movie and to be honest weren't even sure if it got made. But alas, "Hector And The Search For Happiness" did go in front of cameras. The first look at it is here and... well, it'll give you a sense of déjà vu.

Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno, and directed by Peter Chesholm ("Serendipity," "Shall We Dance") the story follows a London psychiatrist with a problem: none of his patients are getting any happier. So he does the logical thing and goes on a worldwide quest to find out if happiness exists and finds himself along the way or something. There's a manufactured air of yay-for-humanity this trailer projects that's not unlike "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," complete with helpful monks. It's harmless we suppose, but we reckon there's a reason this has taken a while to get out there.

"Hector And The Search For Happiness" will open this fall in the U.K., and there's no U.S. date just yet. Watch below. [Collider]

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  • J | February 6, 2014 10:20 AMReply

    You cynical old goat. This looks really good!

  • jingmei | February 5, 2014 10:28 PMReply

    Happy to see these actors in search themselves to find much better roles, forget about slacker comedies they used to do.

  • Lets Get Real podcast | February 6, 2014 10:15 AM

    Anti-slacker as a genre. Interesting.
    Simon Pegg as a British Ben Stiller, I like that. Certainly see the Walter Mitty comparisons, it even harkens to 'Mystery Men' with Christopher Plummer dropping a Sphinx-like quote to cap off the trailer.

  • jawsnnn | February 5, 2014 6:12 PMReply

    An unfair comparison. This looks much better than Walter Mitty in my opinion in all departments.

  • Christine | February 5, 2014 6:00 PMReply

    The film just finished shooting in the summer of 2013! It has not taken forever at all.

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