The Pursuit of Happyness

2006, Drama, 1h 56m

176 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama. Read critic reviews

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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.

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Audience Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

  • May 04, 2016
    Pretty solid. Kind of overrated I think, but still an enjoyable film with a good story.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2014
    I'm not terribly surprised that this was more loved by users than critics. It is the faux heart wrenching real story that still has more glamour than likely really was the case and unfortunately stars Will Smith's son. Two stars on the barfy metre.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2013
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  • Dec 20, 2012
    Melodramatic, sad, heartfelt movie about a man never giving up and finding true happiness in life. The movie has that message of "life's hard" or "life's unfair", which is true, but how do get through it?. In all seriousness, Will Smith and Jaden Smith will break your heart and rebuild them again, they both give powerful performances and have insanely good chemistry (obviously sense in real life they are father and son). The story is incredible, the acting is superb, the emotion never stops being powerful and in one scene of the movie, when Will Smith gets the official job where he finally gets paid money for his work, he cries and says "Thank You". The message that was translated was that everything he went through, all the trouble and the bills he needed to pay, he never gave up, and all the work and studying paid off..that message was so impacting that would make me cry too, and I absolutely recommend this movie.
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