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      The Pursuit of Happyness

      PG-13 Released Dec 15, 2006 1h 56m Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 176 Reviews 87% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama.

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      Brian Tallerico UGO In an effort to make a crowd-pleasing film, the horrors that Gardner must have experienced on the streets feel glossed over by the Hollywood machine. Mar 24, 2007 Full Review Tim Robey Daily Telegraph (UK) We may wonder if happiness can be bought this way, and whether the film being sold to us isn't a slightly suspect package, but Smith, sublime and moving, sells it regardless. Jan 17, 2007 Full Review Paul Arendt BBC.com Deserves kudos for avoiding saccharine sentiment, but its relentless emphasis on money as the cure for all ills is depressing. They might as well have called it The Pursuit of Richyness. Rated: 3/5 Jan 14, 2007 Full Review Nicholas Oon Maximum Hype (YouTube) It is Will Smith's lead performance in this that really stole the show and won me over. It really elevated this movie. Rated: 7.5/10 Sep 4, 2021 Full Review Joanne Laurier World Socialist Web Site The Pursuit of Happyness reveals the soul-wasting nature of poverty and the lack of prospects for those condemned to economic oblivion. Sep 2, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) Will Smith can carry a film. And carry it he does, because without him, Happyness would founder in its own schmaltz. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Vykta W One of Will Smith’s best movies! Heart-felt, inspiring and really displayed his range outside of comedic roles. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/09/24 Full Review Yoosik Ethan O I think this is the best performance Will Smith has ever done. A very real journey in life and difficult to watch at times because his acting is so believable and it is based on true events. I almost forget this is Will Smith, the rich and famous movie star and really feel like I’m really watching Chris Gardner the struggling and at times homeless stockbroker. This film really shows what Will Smith is capable of as an actor as opposed to all the big budget duds like Wild Wild West and Bad Boys 2. Those don’t even compare to this film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/07/24 Full Review Ia G The Pursuit of Happyness made me emotionally drained and Will Smith's dazzling performance left me almost speechless. This insightful film doesn't shy away from the harsh realities, giving a deep understanding of the struggles poor families face. The appalling scene with homeless Chris and his son forced to spend the night in a station toilet had me sobbing uncontrollably as it brutally shows father’s despair. However, those heartbreaking moments that tug at heartstrings are masterfully balanced by the director's portrayal of Chris's determination and devotion to his son, which is truly inspiring. This riveting film, filled with moments of despair and hope, kept me glued to the screen. So, it's a must-watch for everyone looking for a hurricane of emotions. For me it was also a thought-provoking story as it made me wonder if happiness can truly be bought this way. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/22/24 Full Review Hargie M a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul and the power of hope to light the way in even the darkest of times. It's a film that will leave you inspired, uplifted, and reminded of the boundless potential that lies within each and every one of us. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/22/24 Full Review Alejandro O Persevere Achieve Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/24 Full Review Paweł.Kaminskii A movie that will stay with you for a long time, the acting and the emotions you get with this movie are incredible. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/15/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Basketball and Dreams The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Basketball and Dreams 1:46 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Final Scene: Chris is Hired The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Final Scene: Chris is Hired 2:11 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - The Time Machine The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - The Time Machine 2:13 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Rubik's Cube The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Rubik's Cube 2:13 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - First Impression The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - First Impression 2:05 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Cold Calling The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Cold Calling 1:57 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Running The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - Running 1:59 The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - No Y in Happiness The Pursuit of Happyness: Official Clip - No Y in Happiness 1:15 View more videos
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      Synopsis Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.
      Director
      Gabriele Muccino
      Producer
      Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, James Lassiter, Will Smith
      Screenwriter
      Steve Conrad
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures
      Production Co
      Escape Artists, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Overbrook Entertainment
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Language)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 15, 2006, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $162.6M
      Runtime
      1h 56m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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