Pursuit of Happyness

Smith, Will

SKU: 043396179691

UPC 043396179691
Release Date 2007-03-27
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 117
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis [Smith gives] a beautiful and understated performance, one that hums with a richer, quieter music than Smith has mustered before....[A] shrewdly touching movie... -- Grade: B+Both performances are certainly likable in the extreme...Will Smith is a father struggling to take care of his young son in this touching tale based on a true story. In San Francisco circa 1981, Chris Gardner's (Smith) luck has run out. A bad business investment, a bevy of parking tickets, and back taxes in addition to rent, childcare, and groceries keep him constantly scrambling for cash. Chris thinks his luck is changing when he is accepted into a highly competitive internship program at a brokerage firm. But the internship is unpaid and soon, despite his best efforts, Chris and his five-year old son, Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith--Will Smith's real life son), find themselves homeless. Chris might spend his days training to invest and make millions, but he and Christopher spend their nights in shelters and public transportation stations. Gardner's story is a testament not only to the love between a father and son, but also to the strength of the human spirit. Will Smith turns in a fine, nuanced performance as a man determined to protect his son and make a life for himself and his family. Jaden Smith is an adorable scene-stealer as young Christopher. The real-life father and son pairing translates well onto the big screen; the two have terrific natural chemistry. Their affection for each other is apparent, even as they weather the tough times. This is Italian director Gabriele Muccino's (THE LAST KISS, REMEMBER ME MY LOVE) first film in the English language. Thandie Newton also stars as Christopher's overworked and defeated mother in this tearjerker which was inspired by a segment on the television news program 20/20. Gardner also wrote a book of the same name that was released in 2006.3 stars out of 4 -- The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it.He's the real deal.Will Smith is an extremely charming performer....Smith is terrific as usual...Theatrical Release: December 15, 2006[T]he film is a fully fledged message movie....Not since KRAMER VS. KRAMER has single fatherhood been so lovingly portrayed.3 stars out of 5 -- [The character's] true-life story -- enduring homelessness with hi young son while striving to become a stockbroker -- is genuinely heartening.
Cast Gabriele Muccino (Director)
Jason Blumenthal (Producer)
Steve Conrad (Screenwriter)
Steve Tisch (Producer)
Teddy Zee (Executive Producer)
Mark Clayman (Executive Producer)
Jaden Smith (Star)
Andrea Guerra (Music)
Todd Black (Producer)
Dan Castellaneta (Star)
Phedon Papamichael (Director of Photography)
James Lassiter (Producer)
David Alper (Executive Producer)
Will Smith (Star)
Brian Howe (Star)
Thandie Newton (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.39 Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Dubbed - French - Optional Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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