Simon Pegg's Search for Happiness Leads to East Hampton

July 29, 2014 8:09 PM

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Introducing Simon Pegg at the East Hampton Cinema last night, at a special screening of his new movie, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Gwyneth Paltrow announced of Pegg, the godfather of one of her children: "he's the movie star in the family." A pregnant pause followed these words, as the self-styled nerdy British comic hardly has the recognition of say, her mom, Blythe Danner, not to mention Paltrow herself. Was there irony in that praise?

Under Peter Chelsom's direction, Pegg's Hector, a shrink, leads a perfect life until he departs on a journey to find out what makes people happy. Happiness, an idea borrowed from Americans, seems foreign, a tease, to those across the pond. Do we not have the right to pursue happiness as part of our ...

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