The Pursuit of Happyness

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: December 15, 2006
DVD: March 27, 2007

Current rating: Rating: 4.24
based on 1830 votes and 134 reviews
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Cast: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta


Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a marginally employed salesman and a single father, struggling with the mother (Thandie Newton) of his five-year-old son (Jaden Smith).

When they are evicted from their apartment, Gardner finds himself alone with his son in San Francisco and no place to go. Even when Gardner lands an intern position at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, it pays no money.

Forced to live in shelters, enduring many hardships as he goes through their program, Chris refuses to let this dampen his spirits as he pursues his dream of security for himself and his son.

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Will Smith, James Lassiter, Todd Black, Jason Blum, Steve Tisch
Screenplay: Steve Conrad

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  • 5 stars "Very touching, excellent acting by father and son."
  • 5 stars "AMAZING MOVIE! One of my favorites. Watch it with teens. It will give them a piece of mind. Will Smith and his son are amazing actors."