The Pursuit of Happyness

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Released 2005

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Director:
Gabriele Muccino , Patrick McGuinn
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 movie starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. In this film, based on a true story, Will Smith portrays Chris Gardner, a sales rep who hits hard times, ends up homeless and somehow gets his foot in the door as an unpaid stockbroker intern. Gardner keeps his homelessness secret from his co-workers, to the point of lending his wealthy boss $5 that Gardner can scarcely afford to lose. The real-life Chris Gardner, who told his story to the television show "20/20" and later wrote a memoir about his year of homelessness, initially thought Will Smith was a poor casting choice, but was persuaded otherwise by his daughter, who admired Smith's performance as boxer Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film "Ali." The Pursuit of Happyness received positive reviews and Smith ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Award win in that same category.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    It's the same old bootstraps story, an American dream artfully told, skillfully sold. To that calculated end, the filmmaking is seamless, unadorned, transparent, the better to serv...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    "Inspired by" is an interesting phrase because the movie is more inspiring than inspired. The man's struggles are emotionally engaging, but dramatically it lacks the layering of a ...

  • 60

    Variety Brian Lowry

    The Pursuit of Happyness is more inspirational than creatively inspired -- imbued with the kind of uplifting, afterschool-special qualities that can trigger a major toothache.

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Arts, Documentary, Drama, Music

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Musicals