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
Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream
Father and Son: On Screen and Off
The Man Behind the Movie: A Conversation With Chris Gardner
In one of his best performances of his career, Will Smith plays a father that overcomes unspeakable odds to make a better life for his son and himself. It was so moving that while watching it at home by myself, I gave a standing ovation as crazy as that sounds. This film will touch your heart. If you like inspiring films, this is a must-have for your collection.
This movie is so heart warming! I watched it when I was about 13 years old and I loved the movie but watching the film now it’s just an amazing film to own to go back and rewatch whenever you as an individual may feel that life is not going right for you. You are the one that can always change the outcome by how bad you wish to grasp it!
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Achievement and Joy Unite
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
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A very good movie with a very good story. Uplifting outcome
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!