The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 57min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
  • Written by: Steven Conrad
  • Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, Dan Castellaneta
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Chris Gardner (Smith)'s survival skills are put to the test when his girlfriend Linda (Newton) leaves him. With a son to look after (Smith's real life offspring, Jaden) and an unpaid internship for income, Gardner's pursuit of the American Dream (dubbed 'happyness') looks doomed. Smith Senior is up to the dramatic challenge but his verve cannot compensate for the glib monotony of the story.

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The Pursuit of Happyness

20 Dec 20063 stars

Inspired by a true story (meaning that the central protagonist is portrayed in a far better light than reality), the dour flavour used to show Chris Gardner’s (Will Smith) rags-to riches story makes this flick easier to admire for its unusually abject…

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