The Pursuit of Happyness (12A)

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Time Out says

Tue Jan 9 2007

With its title taken from a misspelling on the wall of the child-care centre to which salesman Chris Gardner (Will Smith) sends his five-year-old son Christopher, this tale of one man’s struggle over adversity to live the American Dream is so far-fetched that if it wasn’t ‘inspired by a true story’, you’d never believe a word of it.

With bills stacking up and his wife (Thandie Newton) gone to NYC, college dropout Chris enrols as an intern at a stockbrokers’. Life couldn’t get much worse. Kicked out of their apartment, father and son (played by Smith’s kid Jaden) bounce between homeless missions until Chris, hopefully, secures a job.

Given the task of marshalling the saccharine in Steven Conrad’s script, it’s a credit to Italian director Gabriele Muccino and Smith that they largely eschew the sentimental option. Smith hits all the right notes – understated, engaging, inspirational – even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Jan 12, 2007

Duration:

117 mins

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Al

in my opinion this movie is heart-warming and shows us the situation of the real Chris Gardener in 1981. Will Smith's acting is very good and credible. the only negative point is that we can see most time Smith running through SF

jay

i soooo luv this film definatly THE best film to make you feel all sorts of emotions there truly r no words i no i always stream with tears when watching this is definatly a must see film and a film 2 c b4 u die

jay

i soooo luv this film definatly THE best film to make you feel all sorts of emotions there truly r no words i no i always stream with tears when watching this is definatly a must see film and a film 2 c b4 u die

amie

the film was beautufl, and i dont know another film that could really compare to it. it makes the audience cry well me defiantly and its a must see!

amie

the film was beautufl, and i dont know another film that could really compare to it. it makes the audience cry well me defiantly and its a must see!

TJ

a brillent film loved every minite of it the fact it was based on a true movie made it more wounderful

TJ

a brillent film loved every minite of it the fact it was based on a true movie made it more wounderful