Rent The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

3.6 of 5 from 529 ratings
1h 53min
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Synopsis:
Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by a true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman who's struggling to make ends meet. When his girlfriend Linda (Thandie Newton) walks out, Chris is left to raise their 5-year old son Christopher (Jaden Smith) on his own. Chris' determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program, where only twenty interns will make the cut. But without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom.
With self confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.
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Directors:
Producers:
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Steve Tisch
Writers:
Steve Conrad
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2007
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
Catalan, English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream
  • Father and Son: On Screen and Off
  • The Man Behind the Movie: A Conversation with Chris Gardner
  • Inside the Rubik's Cube
  • Director's Commentary by Gabriele Muccino
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2007
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, German
Subtitles:
Arabic, English, English Hard of Hearing, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Korean, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Father and Son: On Screen and Off
  • Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American's Dream
  • The Man Behind the Movie: A Conversation with Chris Gardner
  • Inside the Rubik's Cube
  • Director's Commentary by Gabrielle Muccino

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Reviews (9) of The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness. - The Pursuit of Happyness review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
21/03/2007

Outline: Will Smith tries to achieve the goal of getting a high paying job while at the same time providing for his son and hitting rock bottom financially.

This was a feel-good movie. Very inspirational for anyone who is going through tough times. Will Smith does his thing throughout the flick. His acting is top notch and his son Jaden Smith, who plays his son in the movie as well does a good job. You really feel for Will Smith's character as he is trying to take care of his kid. The whole thing seems genuine. When he starts to hit rock bottom while trying to get this "dream job" you really connect with him and go through his sorrows. It was a little long, but that doesn't detract from the overall experience. This is one of those wholesome family flicks you can watch with anyone. Give it a shot..you won't regret it.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

My unhappyness - The Pursuit of Happyness review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
19/07/2007

I like Will Smith, I like Thandie Newton and I liked the idea, especially set against a true story. However, to wait so long for any "happyness" to appear and for it to be so understated was a bit of a let down. Most of the good things were left to be announced as post-film on-screen messages, rather than acted out scenes...no mention was made of his girlfriend or her future role either...a bit disappointing.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

The trailer is the film. - The Pursuit of Happyness review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
24/07/2007

Loosely based on the 'rags to riches' life story of stockbroker Chris Gardner, 'The Pursuit Of Happyness' is a fairly standard example of the underachieving little guy with big ambitions who goes through a series of adversities to finally realise his goals. The biggest problem with 'The Pursuit Of Happyness' is that it's a film which consists of an decent opening 10 minutes, a tear jerking 5 minute ending and a long and drawn out 90 minutes peppered with a few dramatic moments. And while the story of Chris Gardner is admirable and inspirational to a point, it doesn't translate into a good film. Will Smith does a respectable job of portraying Gardner as a very real and fallible human being, a good man who never comes across as completely likeable either. But the ultimate irony of 'The Pursuit Of Happyness' is that the trailer for the film is more of less the whole movie minus the boring bits. Do yourself a favour, click on the 'Watch Preview' link and save yourself a wasted rental.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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