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The Pursuit of Happyness

PG-13| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Will Smith , Jaden Christopher Syre Smith , Thandie Newton , Brian Howe , James Karen , Dan Castellaneta , Kurt Fuller , Takayo Fischer

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Release Date: December 15th, 2006|1 hr. 56 min.

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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • Smith wins our hearts without losing his dignity, as Chris suits up for success by day and fights off despair by night. The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it. He's the real deal. show more

  • The pursuit is manipulative and repetitive. show more

  • The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no matter what; the mentoring, the pair's goofy, lovely banter. And Smith and his bright-eyed boy pull it off brilliantly. show more

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  • November 16, 2009 MrCraze182
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    if forest whitker didnt win then will smith would of goten that oscar

  • March 02, 2009 Pawlowski826
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    i loved this movie. it really was a touching movie, and had a great story and moral.

  • July 20, 2008 Lil mikey 1012
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    good !! movie !! this !! was !! great !!

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