Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.
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Reminiscent of Walter Mitty.
Watched this one with the hubby and he watched the whole movie with me. That is always a good sign since he is famous for leaving after 20 or 30 minutes.
A lot of the statements about happiness that were made in the movie made me consider my own life. Everyone searches for what they consider happiness to be. This film showed an adventurous and inspirational way to figure that out. That is also what makes the movie so good though. Not everyone has the luxury of taking off on a self-discovery trip around the world for who-knows-how-long. That sense of freedom, excitement, and adventure is what keeps the viewer entertained since it is so far out of a normal person's reach.
I haven't read the book it is based from, didn't even know there was one till seeing the film. Doubt I will read it now, but I wonder how much alike they are.
Lots of people are going to love this movie. Beware, you will get choked up a few times.
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