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The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

DVD - 2007 | Widescreen
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Chris Gardner is an intelligent, energetic guy who can't catch a break. In the sluggish Bay Area economy of 1981, he's losing ground, by investing all his family's money in high cost bone-density scanners. His wife leaves him, he loses his apartment, and with his 5-year-old son in tow joins the ranks of the homeless, if not the hopeless. Bounced from shelter to shelter, he finds himself a single dad who has to support and care for a young child. Impressing a Dean Witter higher-up by solving a Rubik's cube during a taxi ride, Chris gets a place in a stockbroker-training program. But internships don't pay, and there's no guarantee he'll be offered a job at the end of it. Against all odds, he pushes toward success, and eventually turns his life around.


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Will Smith plays a dad who will do anything to get a good paying job so that he and his son can quit living in a homeless shelter. - Susanne L.

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Dec 06, 2020

Lots of "skipping over damaged area" on this DVD. Didn't really miss major plot points, but it was quite annoying.

Nov 13, 2020

A movie for our times. A reminder that good times and bad times and all times get over...there is hope in that...and we all could use a big helping of that right now. I have been where the main character has been before in my life. I was just out of college. Had emergency appendectomy and almost died from peritonitis. Immediately after that homeless and off the radar of my success focused and driven family. Ever wash for work in a McDonalds bathroom? Ever sleep in a signal house by the railroad tracks sitting up with your body propped so you can see who's coming through the door? I have. And Will Smith's character has and he did it and lived to tell the tale. There are agonizing parts to this movie...but its worth the watch and then some. I am a fan of Will Smith. I think his real genuine self shines through in the movies he acts in. I hope those of you who decide to watch this movie...absorb what its like to really struggle and be down and you can wrap up that empathy and use it to serve others in the world who you actually begin to see are hurting...they are all around you.

May 26, 2019

This movie is wonderful! I am not a fan of Will Smith, but he was great as the dad. It was very touching to see how much he cared for his son and because a real father and son played the parts, I can just imagine that their chemistry carries over to real life. I never did get the meaning of the title (It has to do with a misspelled word), and the only thing that really bothered me about this movie was near the beginning, when the son asked about a swear word that was spray painted on a wall. It shocked me to hear a child of five years old saying the word. However, his father's answer was appropriate. I found myself cheering for Will Smith's character and after having so much bad luck, I wanted him to finally find success. "The Pursuit of Happyness" is very inspiring, and I highly recommend it!

May 08, 2019

I did like the movie, but would not recommend getting it from the Chilliwack library, as it skips badly. The worst is when you tell the staff it is scratched, they just put it right back on the shelf. I'm so turned off renting DVD's from the library, as you just can't trust that it won't be scratched.

Mar 23, 2019

Though he is smart, it was his drive and perseverance that paid off.

Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

Jan 17, 2019


Jul 18, 2018

This one is a gem. Watched this on DVD I rented from Blockbuster back in the day and recently re-watched this again on Netflix before they pulled the movie. This true story was just captivating to look at and you have to admire the resilience this man had despite his very humiliating circumstances. Including showing up to a job interview after being held overnight in a police station for unpaid parking ticket fines and being unable to dress any better than the clothes you wore overnight to prison. Paying $ 5.00 for a boss' taxi-fare so you now had to walk rather than take the bus to the shelter to which you are turned away because you are now too far back in the line and missed the cut-off and have to sleep in the streets. Having the IRS scoop your account bone-dry so you can't pay the rent that's past-due you intended to pay and the landlord just evicted you and your child and furniture the next day. I just mentioned three extreme issues where there was a perfect storm that everything went bad. Yet, despite all that, this guy didn't give up, but persevered until he was able to eventually open his own stock brokerage firm. This gem of a movie really does have allot of soul. I would borrow the Blu-ray just to see if there is any special features or further documentary about who this guy was.

Jan 25, 2018

Awesome story!

Nov 29, 2017

DEAR NCPARRISH: I guess if your father IS a stock broker and you (as you apparently do) sit smugly at the top of the `food chain`, then this is a pretty dumb story about an `uppity darkie`. But if you don`t wipe your behind with hundred dollar bills after a bowel movement and you know what it`s like to be scared every moment of your life struggling from week to week to keep a roof over your head, this is a story of perseverance and a miracle - and of a man determine, no matter what, to break the cycle of children without a father: something lacking in a lot of fancy houses in high-end neighborhoods where ` de white folk play`.

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Coarse Language: Brief scene including innapropriate language


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Jan 25, 2018

Christopher Gardner: [narrating, at a payphone, raining, after learning Linda is taking Christopher away from him] It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?


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