The Pursuit of Happyness 2006

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Drama starring Will Smith. Set in early '80s San Francisco, the film charts the hard times and eventual comeback of Chris Gardner (Smith), 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. In the face of this difficult life, Chris has the desperate inspiration to try for a stockbroker internship where one in twenty has a chance of a lucrative full time career. Together, father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and the overall punishing despair in a quest that would make Gardner a respected millionaire.

Starring:
Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Thandie Newton, Will Smith, Kevin West, Brian Howe
Director Gabriele Muccino
Genres Drama
Studio SONY PICTURES
Rental release 14 May 2007
Main languages English
Subtitles Spanish, Hindi, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Thandie Newton, Will Smith, Kevin West, Brian Howe
Director Gabriele Muccino
Genres Drama
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Dubbing German

Customer Reviews

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By pepemia VINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
This movie is great for affirming the belief that anything is possable if you try hard enough.The casting is magical and if you like Will Smith ( who is great for this part )then wait till you see his hugely talented, even cuter son Jaden.Part of the believabilty and heart of this movie comes from the interaction between the father and son roles- echoing the charachter Chris Garners bond with his son. Garners remarkable story is heartbreaking and gripping but full of hope.
Garner struggles in almost hopeless circumstances- one parent father, uneducated, total poverty and yet still manages to realise his dream- and potential- through a huge leap of faith. At some parts in the film you will be reduced to tears and despair as things go from bed to worse to dire.Gardners seems to be losing his fight to have a better life for his son while reduced to sleeping in toilets and shelters.
This film really shows a mans struggle to better himself in gritty realism and the beautiful bond that exists between father and son .Through the storyline Garners and his son go on a journey but by the beautiful acting the viewer goes thers too. One to definately watch if you want to inspire yourself or remind yourself that the world can be a good place. I hope to see a lot more of Jaden Smith to as he steals every scene.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RozziD VINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
I have to admit, I have never been a huge fan of Will Smith, but after seeing a trailer for this film, thought I'd give it a go. I am so glad I did. The beginning of the film says 'inspired by a true story' and since I don't know the real story, I can't say how true to life it is, but it was a real heartwarming tale.

Set in the 1980s, Chris Gardner has a partner (not sure whether she was his wife or girlfriend) and a 5 year old son and life is not going so well. He is stuck trying to sell medical hardware, which he bought into believing it to be a good idea, and is struggling to make any sales at all. His life begins to change when he sees a stock broker arriving for work in a flash car with a huge smile on his face. He applies for an internship in the brokerage firm and happily gets offered 1 of 20 jobs. The problem is, it doesn't carry a salary. Gardner is left trying to complete the internship with the hope of securing the 1 job that comes at the end of it, whilst also providing for his son and struggling for money.

I truly think that this film should have won an Oscar as it certainly sucked me into the story. Even if Will Smith is not one of your favourite actors, you must see this film. His real life son, Jayden, is a great addition to the cast too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 16 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Smith is a gifted actor, and this film really showcases his emotional range. His natural rapport with his son is in no way one-sided; Jaden Smith is believable and very charming. Certainly, the audience can feel secure that Chris Gardner, the main character, will succeed in some fashion or else a film would never have been based on his autobiography, but the simple, sentimental score, well-written screenplay, subtle direction and, above all, Will Smith's acting make us strive with Gardner, cry with him, and hurt with him.

Gardner's tale is like "Die Hard" for the masses; he has to endure being arrested, being evicted, fighting for a bed at the homeless shelter, trying to keep appointments and to study while holding down two full-time jobs with no car, sprinting all over San Francisco, attempting to keep himself and his son clean--it just does not stop. Watch Smith's face during the film--he shows us a man who only just manages to fend off despair. He bleeds and weeps because of the injustice in the world, with disappointment at how his potential has been wasted, with the weight of all his past failures, and with worry for his son. But he clings to the path he has chosen in the belief that it will lead him from this torment. One can actually see the dead look in Smith's eyes, the punch-drunk expression of one who is suffering, who is juggling so many burdens that his mind spills over with the effort, for whom a seemingly minor setback is a Big Deal. Smith gets it, and he makes us get it, too.

Incidentally, he could probably have been a stuntman or a professional athlete. He has had running scenes in many of his films to date, and in this movie he looks ready to set a new record for the 400 meters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A lot of Blu Ray disks at the moment mainly concentrate on the film itself, which is nice, but having the extras is a bonus, and this disk doesn't disappoint: all the extras from the original The Pursuit Of Happyness are here, which is great.

The film itself is good, Will Smith carrying Chris Gardner off well, and his son Jaden great. The story can sometimes be a bit unbelievable, but the way it's told really does make it enjoyable. Plenty of funny bits in between the sadness; the chases to get the bone scanner being some of the best action bits.

The Blu-ray transfer is great, 24fps, 1080p AVC, so it's great quality. The sound is also well transferred: 5.1 PCM, which isn't bad, would have liked TruHD, but that's by the by.

All the extras are here, in MPEG2 format, which is just a touch over the DVD quality. The best one being the Rubik's Cube featurette, fascinating.

This is well worth getting on the HD platform, it's clear as a bell and reminds me of when I saw it in cinemas, clear, bright and colourful. You won't find a better transfer, well until HD is superseded, but that's a long way away. If you really like this movie, get it, otherwise might be better getting the DVD.

4/5 for the film, 4/5 for the transfer and 3/5 for the extras.
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