Hector and the Search for Happiness is a 2014 film starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Jean Reno, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård. It was based on a 2002 novel by Francois Lalord.
This film provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Diego Baresco. He may be the local drug kingpin, but his friendship with Hector is genuine, and they end up helping each other.
- Exotic Backdrop Setting. Lampshaded at one point in the book. "You might be thinking that not enough has been said about African people in a country where everybody is African..."
- Running Gag: Hector keeps on losing pens and having to borrow them from other people. It ends up saving his life.
- Straight Gay: Michael.
- Unusual Euphemism: Diego Baresco calls himself a "farmer". You... might not want to enquire too closely about his crops.