This true story opens in San Francisco in the 1980s, where salesman Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is barely able to make ends meet. His wife (Thandie Newton) gets fed up and leaves, and Chris must juggle a non-paying internship with a brokerage firm with caring for his five-year old son, Christopher (Jaden Smith). With no income, Chris and Christopher go from cheap apartment to cheaper motel and eventually become homeless. I waited a long time to see this movie because I thought … more
Based on a true story, 'The Pursuit Of Happiness' is the story of Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) and the difficulties in his life prior to "making it". His wife Linda (played by Thandie Newton (Crash)) just can't take the hardships anymore and leaves. Chris is left with custody of his son Christopher (played by Smith's own son Jaden Smith). Chris suffers through many hardships, including eviction, staying in homeless shelters, tax collectors, and being jailed overnight … more
Will Smith continues to amaze me. Up until his performance in "I, Robot," I couldn't see him for anything more than a goofy rapper-turned-actor who played characters based solely on the degree of their sarcasm and humor. In "I, Robot," I began to see beyond the old Smith and came to see him as an adult who could pull off excellent roles. With "The Pursuit of Happyness," Smith shows that he's matured even more. Not once did I picture him as Carlton's cousin or the cocky flyboy from "Independence … more
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS is a film that despite all its flaws (repetition of chases, repeated encounters that mirror the last, emotional overload, excessive playing time of two hours, etc) reinforces some truly important human values: love between a father and son, pushing forward toward success despite all the roadblocks, kindness for the plight of the homeless, and strength of character in the face of hopelessness. Knowing that the story (by Steve Conrad) is based on fact, that Chris Gardner really … more
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