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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Movie Information

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461

Avg. Rating:

2.96/4

# of Ratings:

436

Genres:

Drama, Biography

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/15/2006

Director:

Gabriele Muccino

Actors:

Will Smith
Jaden Smith
Thandie Newton
Brian Howe
James Karen
Dan Castellaneta

 

 

 

 

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Based on a true story, in 1981 struggling salesman Chris Gardner wants nothing more than the best for his family, especially his son. When his wife leaves him, he takes custody of his son and secures a non-paying internship at Dean Witter. With money dwindling and time always against him, he will let nothing stand in the way of his future. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew 07/08/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Happiness my ass.

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KingInTheNorth 06/26/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Warm hearted and lovely. Will Smith is just so great

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FSUNoles27TS 12/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

A great movie that is inspirational and heartfelt. As I salesman I truly appreciated Chris Gardner's fight towards greatness. He loks towards the future for he and his son and works for nothing to better himself and his reputation at Dean Witter. After becoming one of the most successful interns, he receives a job and finds himself able to more than support he and his son. I actually stole his sales technique of never hanging up the phone. The more calls you make, the more no's you hear, get you closer to your next big deal. A movie any sales manager should show to his team to motivate and inspire.

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mitchellyoung 07/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Will Smith and his bond with his real-life son create the emotional core of this film. Shrugging off his past comedic roles, Smith plays Chris Gardner with a certain devoted desperation that elevates the material. His performance is the best of the film, even though the plot sometimes veers into sappy cliches.

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  Daniel Corleone
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08/13/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Pursuit of Happyness review

The story of Chris Gardner and his son. Back in the day wherein the rubik's cube was still booming. Will Smith did a terrific job in portraying Gardner. The future of Jaden is bright as well. One of many memorable lines - "Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something. Not even me. All right?" "You got a dream, you got to protect it." Reverend Williams - "The important thing about that freedom train, is it's got to climb mountains. We ALL have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide." The cinematography really brought out the harsh realities in life, the soundtrack was suitable and cast did a descent job. The 2 main leads really lifted the movie on their shoulders....

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  mdtinney
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07/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Will Smith's Best Performance?

The Pursuit of Happiness is the rags to riches story of a struggling father and his five-year-old son. The story begins in downtown San Francisco in 1981. Smith plays a brow-beaten salesman, desperately trying to sell bone-density machines to doctors and hospitals. With an uncertain income and mounting bills, the financial pressures soon become unbearable.Forced to move from his apartment with his son, in search of accommodation, the peripatetic Smith seeks any place to call home. The story tracks the heartache and misery of an exceptionally determined father. With no certainty about where he is headed and a disinterested wife, he must find a way to rise above his poverty. As luck would have it, he applies as an intern at a financial brokerage firm. With no tertiary education and only a d...

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4/4 

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