The Pursuit of Happyness


The Pursuit of Happyness

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



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Chris Gardner is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.

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Will Smith
as Chris Gardner
Jaden Smith
as Christopher
Brian Howe
as Jay Twistle
James Karen
as Martin Frohm
Dan Castellaneta
as Alan Frakesh
Kurt Fuller
as Walter Ribbon
Kevin West
as World's Greatest Dad
George Cheung
as Chinese Maintenance Worker
David Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hospital
Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hospital David
Domenic Bove
as Tim Ribbon
Geoff Callan
as Ferrari Owner
Raven Joyful
as Hippie Girl
Scott Klace
as Tim Brophy
Maurice Sherbanee
as Roy the Old Neighbor
Zuhair Haddad
as Cab Driver
Darryl Fong
as Policeman
George Maguire (II)
as Police Clerk
Joseph A. Nuñez
as Driver Who Hits Chris
Adam Del Rio
as Shoe-Spotting Intern
Rocky LaRochelle
as Motel Manager
Erin Cahill
as Dean Witter Receptionist
Rueben Grundy
as Businessman
Reuben Grundy
as Businessman
Ming Lo
as Young Executives
Lo Ming
as Young Executive
John Kovacevich
as Young Executive
Bonnie Akimoto
as Doctor's Receptionist
Stu Klitsner
as Dr. Strauk
Esther Scott
as Shelter Workers
Tina D'Elia
as Shelter Workers
Rev. Cecil Williams
as Reverend Williams
David Fine
as Big Guy Rodney
George Moffatt
as Homeless Guy In Line
Jason Frazier
as Young Man - Bus Fight
Kevin Crook
as Smug Intern
David Haines
as Other Young Executive
Jim Finnerty
as News Reporter
Abigail Van Alyn
as Ribbon's Receptionist
Bob Greene
as Doctor at Oakland Memorial Hospital
Robert Anthony Peters
as Glide Shelter Worker
John Robb
as Homeless Guys
Daniel Wilder
as Homeless Guys
Cathy Fithian
as Policewoman
Keith Stevenson
as Indian Grocery Clerk
Jeff Applebaum
as Dean Witter Employee
Victor Hoagland
as Ribbon's Associates
Richard Bischoff
as Ribbon's Associates
Edward Donlin
as Dr. Don Florio
Larry Hunt
as Bucket Man
Rose Aispuro
as Blood Center Clerk
Arbin C. Kumar
as Check Cashing Clerk
The Glide Ensemble
as Glide Singers
Jeffrey Moon
as Pizza Dad
Karen Kahn
as Professional Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

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Audience Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith is absolutely splendid in this inspirational real story of struggle and determination that holds an intense dramatic power without any need to become a cheap melodrama - which is something Hollywood has long grown used to, unfortunately.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat

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A story that is inspirational, and moving, predictable, and moves a little too slowly is elevated considerably by the incredibly moving and touching performances of Will Smith and Jaden Smith. It could have been extremely melodramatic, but the great performances and comic moments keep it at great, emotional drama.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

A father with his back to the corner battles his way back to the center of the ring. Will Smith and his son, Jaden, are superlative is this confirmation of the American dream, and you root for them every step of the way. I began thinking that Will brought out the best in his son only to realise that Jaden brought out the best in Will, making this (in my humble opinion) Will's best.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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