• Film

The Pursuit of Happyness


Time Out says

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.

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 12 January 2007
  • Duration:117 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Gabriele Muccino
  • Screenwriter:Steven Conrad
  • Cast:
    • Jaden Christopher Syre Smith
    • Dan Castellaneta
    • Thandie Newton
    • Will Smith
    • Brian Howe
    • James Karen
    • Kurt Fuller
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