Hector and the Search for Happiness

2014 R 1h 54m DVD

Hector and the Search for Happiness

2014 R 1h 54m DVD
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Leaving behind a lucrative career as a psychiatrist, discontented Hector begins a journey across the planet in search of genuine happiness. Along the way, he experiences a succession of unusual adventures that alter his perspective.
Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres, Barry Atsma, Christopher Plummer
Peter Chelsom
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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.


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.


Strong language includes "s--t," "hell," and many uses of "f--k."

Social Behavior

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.


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.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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