Hector and the Search for Happiness

Peter Chelsom (directing and co-writing the script with Maria von Heland and Tinker Lindsay based on François Lelord’s novel) seems to be following a bit too closely on the heels of Ben Stiller’s recent remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. OK, no magazines were likely harmed during the unspooling of this story, but Simon Pegg’s psychiatrist who feels like he’s going through the motions, half-listening to the problems of his patients while not truly being engaged in his own life, sure sounds like Stiller’s Mitty, especially when he embarks on a globetrotting adventure to kickstart his own inner happiness. Pegg’s a likeable guy and Rosamund Pike plays his girlfriend-in-waiting, but this just sounds like a first-world problem, doesn’t it? (Opens Friday at The Esquire) (R) Not screened in time for review

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