The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

Director: Gabriele Muccino Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton
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The Pursuit of Happyness 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the dvd "Pursuit of Happiness" while I was in Mongtomery. This has got to be one of Will's best movies. He really set it off in the movie. It was a powerfull story of struggle. I enjoyed this movie from the begining to the end. It helps remind you that not every wealthy person had it easy or just given to them. It reminds to you to focus on what YOU want and to go after it no matter what roadblocks may be thrown in front of you! Oh yea, can't forget how precious lil' Jaden was in the movie. He's going to be a heartbreaker!!!! This movie is worth adding to YOUR movie collection!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS is a film that despite all its flaws (repetition of chases, repeated encounters that mirror the last, emotional overload, excessive playing time of two hours, etc) reinforces some truly important human values: love between a father and son, pushing forward toward success despite all the roadblocks, kindness for the plight of the homeless, and strength of character in the face of hopelessness. Knowing that the story (by Steve Conrad) is based on fact, that Chris Gardner really existed to survive these hardships, makes the film even more impactful. Director Gabriele Muccino knows how to aim for the heart and the film is bound to touch all who view it. Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is an African American very bright young man married to Linda (Thandie Newton) who has a difficult time working double shifts at a thankless job to support the family due to Chris' inability to sell Bone Density Evaluators that he used the family's life savings to invest in for a future that looks increasingly grim. Chris and Linda and their young son Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) live next to the poverty line and finally Linda leaves, frustrated, angry and hurt. Chris and his son strike out on their own: the relationship between father and son as enacted by the Smiths is as touching as any on film. Bruised by the lack of success in selling his machines, Chris encounters a happy man who says his secret is working as a stockbroker with Dean Witter in downtown San Francisco. Chris applies for employment, passes an entrance exam and is taken on with the firm - only to discover he is an unpaid intern who must pass a hefty exam and perform at top speed in order to succeed. With no income except from Chris' continued attempts to see his medical machines poverty embraces the father and son and they end up homeless and hungry. The only things keeping Chris afloat are his love and concern for his son and his intense will to survive and succeed. How this works out is known because of all the PR from the film and from the actual facts of the story. Will Smith and his son Jaden give warmly human performances, giving the camera as much with the silence of their faces as they deliver with lines. Yes, there are many moments when the heartstrings are heavily plucked, but there is no problem defending that in a society too famished for stories of human dignity in the face of tragedy. The large supporting cast is well directed and the production values are excellent. PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS is well worth the journey. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a day of psychobable movies, or movies of disgusting subjects, it's refreshing to see this one. Will Smith has shown he is a true artist who can capture the sense, feeling and beauty in a terrific film. If you want a lift in your life, see this film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie ! Will Smith definitely deserved an Oscar (he was nominated) for his gripping, heartbreaking portrayal of Chris Gardner and his son Jaden also does a fabulous job playing his son. If this movie does not make you cry at least once, you are not human. Well worth your time. Don't miss it. Will just gets better and better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this movie deserves the outstanding rating. The other reviewers have said that it is only recommended and okay, but trust me, watch this movie and you won't regret it. It may even change your life. The actors, as you may know, really make this movie what it is. This is a true insight on what it is to be poor and maybe you will understand what your part in life is after you watch this movie.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting to see the Pursuit of Happyness film since around 2006/2007 when I was living on the Mayport Naval base in Florida. I’m glad that I finally got the chance to see this motivational film that also had equal moments of heart string pulling and tear jerking scenes. As many know, Pursuit of Happyness stars Will Smith as Chris Gardner and Smith’s real-life son Jaden Smith as the child. Thandie Newton also is one of the celebrities included in the film. One of the heart string pulling scenes is where the character of Chris Gardner and his son are shown waiting along with what looks to be several hundred other people waiting in line for homeless housing, but the shelter could only house around 50 people (an indirect commentary on the number of homeless shelters available in the U.S.). One of the employees of the homeless shelter is seen having to do the difficult job of announcing to the many waiting that they have now reached their daily cutoff, leaving the obvious impression that others are going to have to try elsewhere and/or again the next day. On an unrelated note, I especially can’t help but have feeling around this issue after unexpectedly running into a female who was homeless (less than a year ago), but was at least happy to have got a spot at a nearby homeless shelter and a job as an event planning assistant even as she was trying to qualify for public housing (which was obviously going to be a possible but tricky feat for her because she appeared to be both childfree and single). I only say that because it is common knowledge that the circumstances and probability of being able to qualify for public housing are different for those who have children compared to those who voluntarily chose to not have children. Without revealing her identity, the only other thing I feel comfortable in disclosing is that it appeared to me that she had previously actually lived in D.C., based on what she told me and where I ran into her (I wish to avoid disclosing for the sake of the review and my conscience on what is ok to reveal about that encounter). The ending of the Pursuit of Happyness gives the following data; After beginning his career at Dean Witter, Chris Gardner went on to open the investment firm Gardner Rich in 1987. Chris Gardner himself then makes a brief appearance in the film. Then the following other info; In 2006, Chris Gardner sold a minority stake in his brokerage firm in a multi-million dollar deal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow good movie
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Yesenia-NY More than 1 year ago
The smith family are great working together in doing this film. I cried until I couldn't cry anymore. They made you believe as if they where in trouble themselves. Jaden Smith made you want to reach out and hug him, as well as help him. Total watch it, do not miss out on a great movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tale full of hope for the American Dream. Will Smith as a brilliant salesman that wants to break into a mortgage firm, and with persistence, does. A lovely tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the ending needed a little work. I was waiting for the big tearjerked moment and it never came. I cried more during the trailer than I did during the actually movie. I would maybe see the movie again but not on my own accord.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Smith plays a regular man, with a wife and a son (portrayed by his real son). Soon, his wife leaves him and he cannot afford to pay the rent. Him and his son are left to fair for their own in this compelling, based on a true story, movie title. Although I did not think it was the best movie I have ever seen, I thought it gave enough reason to mention. You will walk into this movie with a full heart, and leave with an even fuller one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word to describe this movie.....EXCELLENT!!! Will Smith and son Jaden Smith have really out done themselves in this film. The story line was excellent, the acting was excellent, the entire movie excellent. You have to add this to your collection. It portrays the outcome of hardwork, sacrifice and struggle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heart wrenching, inspirational, touching, amazing, wonderful.....see it. Better yet, own it!
twilightsagaluver More than 1 year ago
heart felt movie. filled with love and joy. undescribable happiness and love between the father and son. i loved this movie with all my heart.
BoatSmith More than 1 year ago
This movie teaches endurance and inspiration to follow your dreams. Great movie for the whole family including father bonding being there for his son during tough times.
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