The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Conrad, Steven Conrad
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
Box Office: $162.6M
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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 Kee Cheung
as Chinese Maintenance ...
Michael Silverman
as Doctor at First Hosp...
David Michael Silver...
as Doctor at First Hosp...
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. Nuņez
as Driver Who Hits Chri...
Adam Del Rio
as Shoe-Spotting Intern
Rocky LaRochelle
as Motel Manager
Erin Cahill
as Dean Witter Receptio...
Reuben Grundy
as Businessman
Rueben Grundy
as Businessman
Ming Lo
as Young Executives
Lo Ming
as Young Executive
John Kovacevich
as Young Executive
Bonnie Akimoto
as Doctor's Receptionis...
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
Jason Frazier
as Young Man - Bus Figh...
Kevin Crook
as Smug Intern
David Haines
as Other Young Executiv...
Jim Finnerty
as News Reporter
Abigail Van Alyn
as Ribbon's Receptionis...
Bob Greene
as Doctor at Oakland Me...
Robert Anthony Peter...
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
David Fine
as Big Guy Rodney
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News & Interviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

Critic Reviews for The Pursuit of Happyness

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (44)

The Pursuit of Happyness is a very Hollywood film, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. It tries very hard to be profound and inspirational, but ultimately it's not up to the task.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

Counterfeit emotion and submerged racism

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Sap, sentiment, and hokey plot devices bog down an otherwise down to earth story.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Smith turns in a career-capping performance, and director Gabriele Muccino ingeniously turns the material inward, cautioning us all to be grateful for what we have, for we're closer to the edge than we think.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Will Smith is getting all the awards buzz, but it's his real-life son, Jaden, who transcends all expectations in Happyness.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

Even the glossiest of surfaces can't extinguish the genuine emotions running beneath them here.

Full Review… | April 6, 2008
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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

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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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