The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness
  • PG-13
  • 1h 57m
  • 2006
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Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher (Jaden Smith). When his girlfriend Linda (Thandie Newton) walks out, Chris is left to raise Christopher (Jaden Smith) on his own. Chris' determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program, where only one in twenty interns will make the cut. But without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom. With self-confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Mark Salisbury

Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son thre...

June 21, 2017
Arizona Republic
Bill Muller

This is Smith as you've never seen him -- an unsure, struggling, frustrated guy trying to hold tog...

March 3, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

As cynical as I am, I have to admit I was completely won over by Smith's sincere and deeply effect...

March 3, 2019
AV Club
Scott Tobias

A by-the-numbers piece of Hollywood inspiration.

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspirational but often emotionally wrenching story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Will Smith will draw kids to this movie. But it's not an action flick or slapstick comedy -- it's an inspirational and often emotionally wrenching story. It includes some very sad scenes between family members, as well as a couple of emotionally scary ones. The mother becomes so frustrated with her husband's inability to make a living that she leaves him and their son. Later, the father yells at his son for a trivial reason and gets in a fight, scaring the boy and making him cry. If your child is in a clingy period with you, this might upset him or her. There's a very brief allusion to the mixed effects of classism and racism on the son. The father's frustration sometimes leads to tears and sometimes to angry language (mostly damn and "s--t"). A graffitied "f--k" leads to a brief discussion of the word, and the son says it out loud.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 15, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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