Pens play a key role in “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” They save the day on more than one occasion.
However, if you haven’t heard of this movie, yet, let me introduce you.
“Hector and the Search for Happiness” is a warm British comedy that slipped in under my radar in 2014. It is about a middle-aged psychiatrist named Hector (Simon Pegg) who is in a bit of a funk–in spite of having a successful career and a loving girlfriend played by Rosamund Pike. Unsure about what his life really amounts to and what it could have been, Hector boards a plane for visits to China, the Himalayas, Africa and America to ask EVERYBODY what the secret to happiness is.
Overall, it is a touching comedy that is a lot of fun.
Pens come into the picture frequently, as Hector fastidiously maintains a journal in which he investigates happiness in its many forms. Of course, he is always losing his pen.
At first, while on a flight to Shanghai, he asks a high-power banker to lend him a pen. The banker views his seatmate as highly annoying and lends him a pen to keep Hector out of his hair.
“Be careful.” the banker cautions, “It’s worth more than your car.”
Only pen geeks like us would identify it as a red Visconti Van Gogh. An elegant pen and expensive–but not worth an entire car. More like a one-month payment on a lease for $289 (full retail).
While in Africa, Hector unwittingly befriends a crime boss played by Jean Reno. Hector inadvertently walks off with the crime boss’ gold pen. Yet, it turns out to be a good thing later in the film. (No spoilers here.) Unfortunately, we didn’t get a good close look at the pen to identify it!
Keep the pen spotting requests coming. In the meantime, be sure to settle in for this nice, quiet feel-good comedy!