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The Pursuit of Happyness

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Gabriele Muccino

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About the Movie

Inspired by a true story, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five year old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including being homeless and living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 172
  • Fresh: 115
  • Rotten: 57
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Some people will see The Pursuit of Happyness as a glorification of capitalism, but the movie is much less about 'getting' than it is about 'not having.' – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Will Smith has the right quality for the role -- he's an easy man to root for -- but he augments this by channeling some inner quality of desperation and need. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 30, 2006

Fresh: A movie star who can slip easily into high-beam mode, Smith gives a restrained and nuanced turn. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The Pursuit of Happyness can't imagine anything worse than being poor. Except maybe being surrounded by poor people. – Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


a feel good movie that does not shy away from gut-wrenching heartache. the difficult scenes are so well-done, and the sense of redemption at the end is so fully joyous i wanted to jump up and down shouting and clapping when the movie finished. they've accomplished something really special here and it's the performance of will smith's career, hands down. one of my 3 favorites of the last 10 years. i highly recommend it!!!!


Best movie i have evr seen,amazin tht this is a true story.highly reccomend this


Really worth watching! It's so moving and sad but not pitYful :) because the values of courage and fighting for and believing in your dreams are enforced. It shows how you have to recognize grace in disguise to help yourself (you'll see the little boy's joke about a drowning man...).Will Smith and his son are wonderful and Mr Smith interprets despair, shame, fear and courage with such dignity! Part of this true story could happen to anyone so it makes you think! Great job everyone who participated in making this movie, five stars!!! (I admire the man to whom it really happened! You're a real example of courage, sir)!