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The Pursuit of Happyness
- Will Smith

Overview - Will Smith is a father struggling to take care of his young son in this touching tale based on a true story. In San Francisco circa 1981, Chris Gardner's (Smith) luck has run out. A bad business investment, a bevy of parking tickets, and back taxes in addition to rent, childcare, and groceries keep him constantly scrambling for cash.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Will Smith is a father struggling to take care of his young son in this touching tale based on a true story. In San Francisco circa 1981, Chris Gardner's (Smith) luck has run out. A bad business investment, a bevy of parking tickets, and back taxes in addition to rent, childcare, and groceries keep him constantly scrambling for cash. Chris thinks his luck is changing when he is accepted into a highly competitive internship program at a brokerage firm. But the internship is unpaid and soon, despite his best efforts, Chris and his five-year old son, Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith--Will Smith's real life son), find themselves homeless. Chris might spend his days training to invest and make millions, but he and Christopher spend their nights in shelters and public transportation stations. Gardner's story is a testament not only to the love between a father and son, but also to the strength of the human spirit. Will Smith turns in a fine, nuanced performance as a man determined to protect his son and make a life for himself and his family. Jaden Smith is an adorable scene-stealer as young Christopher. The real-life father and son pairing translates well onto the big screen; the two have terrific natural chemistry. Their affection for each other is apparent, even as they weather the tough times. This is Italian director Gabriele Muccino's (THE LAST KISS, REMEMBER ME MY LOVE) first film in the English language. Thandie Newton also stars as Christopher's overworked and defeated mother in this tearjerker which was inspired by a segment on the television news program 20/20. Gardner also wrote a book of the same name that was released in 2006.

Cast List

Gabriele Muccino - Italian director
Jason Blumenthal - Executive Producer, ALEX AND EMMA (2003)
Steve Conrad - Screenwriter, WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1993)
Steve Tisch - Producer/Executive
Teddy Zee - Executive Producer, LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT (2002)
Mark Clayman - Exec. Producer, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, (2006)
Jaden Smith - American actor, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Andrea Guerra - Music, SAILING HOME (2002)
Todd Black - Producer, ANTWONE FISHER (2002)
Dan Castellaneta - Actor, THE SIMPSONS
Phedon Papamichael - Designer/Director Of Photography/Director
Phedon Papamichail - Designer/Director Of Photography/Director
James Lassiter - Producer, ALI (2001)
David Alper - Exec. Producer, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, (2006)
Will Smith - American actor/rap performer/producer
Brian Howe - Actor, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)
Thandie Newton - British actress, FLIRTING

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396150850
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for some language.)
  • Release Date: January 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Poverty
Theatrical Release
Fathers And Sons

 
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Theatrical Release: December 15, 2006

Reviews:
"[Smith gives] a beautiful and understated performance, one that hums with a richer, quieter music than Smith has mustered before....[A] shrewdly touching movie..." -- Grade: B+ - 12/15/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.65


"Both performances are certainly likable in the extreme..." - 12/15/2006 New York Times, p.E32


3 stars out of 4 -- "The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it.He's the real deal." - 12/28/2006 Rolling Stone, p.120


"Will Smith is an extremely charming performer....Smith is terrific as usual..." - 02/01/2007 Box Office, p.74


"[T]he film is a fully fledged message movie....Not since KRAMER VS. KRAMER has single fatherhood been so lovingly portrayed." - 03/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.72


3 stars out of 5 -- "[The character's] true-life story -- enduring homelessness with hi young son while striving to become a stockbroker -- is genuinely heartening." - 07/01/2007 Total Film, p.126

 
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