Pursuit of Happyness (Widescreen)

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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.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204043722
UPC 043396150850
UPC 14 00043396150850
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Fathers And Sons
Poverty
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[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 12/15/2006 p.65
New York Times "Both performances are certainly likable in the extreme..." 12/15/2006 p.E32
Rolling Stone 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." 12/28/2006 p.120
Box Office "Will Smith is an extremely charming performer....Smith is terrific as usual..." 02/01/2007 p.74
Sight and Sound "[T]he film is a fully fledged message movie....Not since KRAMER VS. KRAMER has single fatherhood been so lovingly portrayed." 03/01/2007 p.72
Total Film 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." 07/01/2007 p.126
Directors
Gabriele Muccino
Actors
Jaden Smith
Will Smith
Cast & Crew
Andrea Guerra - Original Music By
Dan Castellaneta - Actor
David Alper - Executive Producer
David F. Klassen - Art Director
Gabriele Muccino - Director
Hughes Winborne - Editor
Jaden Smith - Actor
Phedon Papamichael - Cinematographer
Steve Conrad - Writer
Thandie Newton - Actor
Will Smith - Actor
Will Smith - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 15085
UPC 00043396150850
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Nominee (2007) 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
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review The fact-inspired drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" is more inspirational than creatively inspired -- imbued with the kind of uplifting, afterschool-special qualities that can trigger a major toothache. Clearly savoring the chance to work alongside his moppet son, Will Smith is in serious mode as Chris Gardner, whose story is one of perseverance overcoming tremendous hardship. Smith's heartfelt performance is easy to admire...The younger Smith is allowed to deliver a natural, childlike performance, though occasionally Gabriele Muccino, the Italian helmer of "The Last Kiss" making his English-language debut, and writer Steven Conrad unhelpfully saddle the tot with big, chewy mouthfuls of dialogue.
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Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review Stories of triumph over adversity are the foundation on which cinema was built. These are tales flush with uplift, sure to radiate an aura of good feelings to blanket the audience. "Pursuit of Happyness" (based on a true story) is not one to rock the boat in terms of mass entertainment expectations, but it isn't quite the sunny hand-holding experience it could've been either..."Pursuit of Happyness" is Will Smith's triumph, and it's worth a look alone to see this tiresome actor in a role that requires a rare amount of patience from him. The film has some difficulty satisfying other dramatic requirements, but Smith is the star here for a reason, and he alone maintains the picture's faith.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun ...a genuinely transporting inspirational movie...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...[Smith gives] a beautiful and understated performance...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer"...

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