Hector and the search for happiness

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How often do you go to the movies? I don’t really go. I’m lucky if I can squeeze it once or twice a year. It might sound weird to lots of you, but those parents out there know what I’m talking about.
Going out without your kids is like a mission impossible; the babysitter is not available, you have to find a new one, which is not worth it for a couple of hours, the grandparents aren’t around, the rest of the family has plans. Forget it! No movie, just playground and dinner with the kiddo.

Not last weekend. My husband and I went to the movies, woohoo. We went to see Hector and the Search for Happiness. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was actually really good. It had a dark sense of humor plus a couple of different twists in the story. It also had different actors that I knew I had seen before but couldn’t remember in what movie, which is something that drives me insane. This movie wasn’t my normal pick for the random occasion I get to go to the cinema (I like this word a little bit more than movies or movie theater). Something I found strange is that the movie theater was empty, no lines whatsoever. Is this normal on a Saturday night? Because I still remember those days where you had to wait forever in line to get your tickets

Afterwards we even had dinner at the mall! I know what you are thinking – You finally made it out of the house without the kid and had dinner at the mall where the movie played? – Yes, but just leave it to San Francisco to have a couple of fancy/gourmet restaurants in a mall. No wonder we are spoiled foodies here. Besides the typical food court area in the basement, which is a little bit gourmet too, there’s an area at the top of the Westfield mall called “Under the Dome”. There you can find a couple of really good restaurants. The advantage of this is that the wait was just 30 minutes so we went shopping. I hate waiting for food, except for brunch.

What do you guys do on your date nights? Are movies still in or it’s just me being old?


  1. I haven’t been to a movie theater for a very long time — we’re renters/netflickers — but I don’t think dinner and a movie date night is old fashioned. It will always be a classic choice for a night out (or in if you rent!) I have to admit when I first read that you had dinner at the mall my mind went immediately to Hot Dog on a Stick or Sbarro, but you’re right — there are some good food choices at malls now 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with this movie! Honestly, we also go to the movies just about once a year! Not that we don’t have time, but is is something we don’t do. I really wanted to see that Lucy movie, but will see. Glad you had great time shopping and having dinner. I also like the “cinema” word better! Coming form Europe, that’s how we call it there 🙂

    • I learned (learnt) English with a British teacher in Spain so it was always cinema for me. Then I came here and I heard “movies” and I had no idea what they were talking about. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who doesn’t go to the movies every time there’s a new release.

  3. I hardly ever go to the movies either, and I don’t have kids! 🙂 I used to go all the time when I was younger, but now I’m lucky if my husband and I see one a year. I usually like to wait until it comes to dvd to watch, so much more comfy to watch from your couch.

    • Hi Gail, I like to rent movies too because usually I have someone kicking my back and/or a tall person, pretty much everybody’s taller than me, sitting in front. No issues at home. Thanks for stopping by.