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The Pursuit of Happyness [Blu-ray] [2006]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (35 out of 35)

    Special Features


    • Father and Son: On Screen and Off
    • "I Can" song
    • Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream
    • The Man Behind the Movie: A Conversation With Chris Gardner
    • Inside the Rubik's Cube
    • Director's commentary by Gabriele Muccino

    Synopsis


    The Pursuit of Happyness
    The rousing, true-life story of a single dad who went from living on the streets to owning his own brokerage firm is brought to the big screen by superstar Will Smith, appearing for the first time opposite his real-life son Jaden Smith. Set in early-'80s San Francisco, the film charts the hard times and eventual comeback of Chris Gardner, a suddenly single salesman who has custody of his son, but finds that providing for the two of them is a challenge in the increasingly unstable economic climate. He struggles to work his way from unpaid intern at Dean Witter to something more substantial, even as life continues to offer him setbacks. Making his Hollywood debut, Italian director Gabriele Muccino was championed by Will Smith for the project. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Will Smith
      Will Smith - Chris Gardner
    • Jaden Smith
      Jaden Smith - Christopher
    • Thandie Newton
      Thandie Newton - Linda
    • Brian Howe
      Brian Howe - Jay Twistle
    • James Karen
      James Karen - Martin Frohm



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 35 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Achievement and Joy Unite

      Posted
      wisdomseeker
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      I have been wanting to see the Pursuit of Happyness film since around 2006/2007 when I was living on the Mayport Naval base in Florida. I’m glad that I finally got the chance to see this motivational film that also had equal moments of heart string pulling and tear jerking scenes. As many know, Pursuit of Happyness stars Will Smith as Chris Gardner and Smith’s real-life son Jaden Smith as the child. Thandie Newton also is one of the celebrities included in the film. One of the heart string pulling scenes is where the character of Chris Gardner and his son are shown waiting along with what looks to be several hundred other people waiting in line for homeless housing, but the shelter could only house around 50 people (an indirect commentary on the number of homeless shelters available in the U.S.). One of the employees of the homeless shelter is seen having to do the difficult job of announcing to the many waiting that they have now reached their daily cutoff, leaving the obvious impression that others are going to have to try elsewhere and/or again the next day. On an unrelated note, I especially can’t help but have feeling around this issue after unexpectedly running into a female who was homeless (less than a year ago), but was at least happy to have got a spot at a nearby homeless shelter and a job as an event planning assistant even as she was trying to qualify for public housing (which was obviously going to be a possible but tricky feat for her because she appeared to be both childfree and single). I only say that because it is common knowledge that the circumstances and probability of being able to qualify for public housing are different for those who have children compared to those who voluntarily chose to not have children. Without revealing her identity, the only other thing I feel comfortable in disclosing is that it appeared to me that she had previously actually lived in D.C., based on what she told me and where I ran into her (I wish to avoid disclosing for the sake of the review and my conscience on what is ok to reveal about that encounter). The ending of the Pursuit of Happyness gives the following data; After beginning his career at Dean Witter, Chris Gardner went on to open the investment firm Gardner Rich in 1987. Chris Gardner himself then makes a brief appearance in the film. Then the following other info; In 2006, Chris Gardner sold a minority stake in his brokerage firm in a multi-million dollar deal.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice Solid Movie

      Posted
      itzd4n

      The movie starts off slow as Will Smith's character, Chris Gardner, begins to introduce the different chapters in his life before his success. There is great chemistry between Will Smith and his son in the movie as well as a brilliant performance by Smith. This is an inspiring spectacle and would be even better, if only one couldn't guess the things that would happen. Yes, this film is a bit cheesy as you can predict most of the things that happen, with only a few and far surprises. As great a movie this is, a one time viewing is enough. Still, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who has never seen it as it really is fantastic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      montyskid
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I'm not a Will Smith fan; however I must admit this movie won me over! I purchased the DVD for a life lesson for my 11 year old son. However, my husband and I both found ourselves "glued" to the television. At the end of the movie I found myself feeling enriched for watching it and appreciative. What I thought would be a life lesson for my son only, ended up being one for our entire family. Taught us all to never give in, dream big, and go after your dreams (never let anyone tell you that you can't do something). Wow!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Everyone MUST see this movie.

      Posted
      mkb21

      This movie was by far the most amazing movie I have seen in a LONG time. It's an incredible movie about LIFE and fulfilling ones dreams and never stopping until you have reached that point. Some parts I just sat there thinking "Oh my god...". I recommend that everyone see this movie, it's so insparational and has so much truth in it about real life and the things that people go through to achieve their goals. The cinematography in the movie is absolutely beautiful. They could not have picked a better actor. Amazing, film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Eh...

      Posted
      Pinstarz

      I love tearjerkers. This movie on the other hand while cute with a good story wasn't it. It's a good wholesome movie to sit down with your kids and watch to teach them something. Though I'm not sure that they'd sit through it. It's pretty lull and not to eventful and I believe it's one of those movies for a rainy day. Not bad, could have been better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Movie

      Posted
      Hmdog

      This has to be one of Will Smith's best movies. This movie shows what a man will do to provide for his family and how he can pursue his happiness. This movie is moving and inspirational. Somewhat sad at parts but a great movie overall. Great for anybody.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

      Posted
      Marge
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      This film is touching and real. The situations and the difficulties that people go through just to keep themselves going is astounding. And, with a happy ending too. Wonderful film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing movie

      Posted
      Luckytruck6

      An amazing true story brought to life by a great director and phenomenal actors.It teaches a great lesson about never giving up.I watch this movie whenever I need a boost, I always feel like I can accomplish anything after watching it.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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