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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for some language)
Genre:
Drama
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Box Office:
$162,586,036.00
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Cast

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
Takayo Fischer
as Mrs. Chu
Kevin West
as World's Greatest Dad
George Kee Cheung
as Chinese Maintenance Worker
Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hospital David
David Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hospital
Domenic Bove
as Tim Ribbon
Geoff Callan
as Ferrari Owner
Raven Joyful
as Hippie Girl
Scott Klace
as Tim Brophy
Rashida Clendening
as Bus Driver
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
Reuben Grundy
as Businessman
Rueben Grundy
as Businessman
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
George Moffatt
as Homeless Guy In Line
Amir Talai
as Clerk
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
Shareef Allman
as Prisoner
Jeffrey Moon
as Pizza Dad
Brandon Dadwiler
as Pizza Son
Tateanna Wheeler-Lezine
as Pizza Daughter
Karen Kahn
as Professional Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (44)

Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This is Smith as you've never seen him -- an unsure, struggling, frustrated guy trying to hold together his family and failing.

December 30, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

As cynical as I am, I have to admit I was completely won over by Smith's sincere and deeply effective work as a guy who was knocked down again and again, but refused to stay on the canvas.

December 18, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A by-the-numbers piece of Hollywood inspiration.

December 17, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Some people will see The Pursuit of Happyness as a glorification of capitalism, but the movie is much less about 'getting' than it is about 'not having.'

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
Salon.com
Top Critic

The Pursuit of Happyness can't imagine anything worse than being poor. Except maybe being surrounded by poor people.

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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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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

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