Pursuit of Happyness (Blu-ray) (2006) - Oscar® Nominee!
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|Inspired by a True Story.
|Chris gardner is a strugglng salesman, barely making ends meet when he and his 5 year old son are evicted from their san francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When gardner lands an internship at a prestgious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships in pursuit of the dream of a better life.|
"...[Smith gives] a beautiful and understated performance... Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer"... Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteWill 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.
The Pursuit of Happyness - DVD
By: Anne Gilbert filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/16/2007 8:05 PM
|There is a part of The Pursuit of Happyness -- most of the last third, honestly -- that is just plain too bleak. It's taking an eternally optimistic guy just trying to scrape by and doing more than making things rough for him; it's kicking him in the crotch and spitting on him, and maybe humiliating him a little bit. It's some really holiday good cheer. Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is one of those downtrodden guys for whom better times are always just around the next corner. He's a salesman, hawking some over-priced and under-used equipment to hospitals around San Francisco....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Andrea Guerra - Original Music By|
|David Alper - Executive Producer|
|David F. Klassen - Art Director|
|Gabriele Muccino - Director|
|Hughes Winborne - Editor|
|Phedon Papamichael - Cinematographer|
|Steve Conrad - Writer|
|Will Smith - Producer|
|Golden Globe, Will Smith, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama|
|Golden Globe, Seal, Christopher Bruce, Best Original Song - Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Will Smith, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture|
|Image Award, The Pursuit of Happyness, Outstanding Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Jaden Smith, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Thandie Newton, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
|Oscar, Will Smith, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|Screen Actors Guild, Will Smith, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role|