Chris also briefly discourages and yells at his son, after which he is immediately apologetic.
Perpetually irritated mom abandons her son early in the movie. Parents' loud argument worries their son; Chris is hit by a car, leaving his face bruised and clothes bedraggled; father yells at son for crying, frightening him into obedience; Chris starts to fight a man in line at a shelter, frightening his son, who cries. Most products are used to mark the year Chris goes to work for the Dean Witter brokerage. Parents need to know that Will Smith will draw kids to this movie. But it's not an action flick or slapstick comedy -- it's an inspirational and often emotionally wrenching story.
It includes some very sad scenes between family members, as well as a couple of emotionally scary ones. The mother becomes so frustrated with her husband's inability to make a living that she leaves him and their son. Later, the father yells at his son for a trivial reason and gets in a fight, scaring the boy and making him cry.
If your child is in a clingy period with you, this might upset him or her. There's a very brief allusion to the mixed effects of classism and racism on the son. The father's frustration sometimes leads to tears and sometimes to angry language mostly damn and "s--t". A graffitied "f--k" leads to a brief discussion of the word, and the son says it out loud. Add your rating See all 13 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 52 kid reviews. She works double shifts doing hotel laundry; he's trying to sell bone density scanners i.
When Linda abandons the family, Chris remains determined.
The Pursuit of Happyness
He spends six months working in an unpaid internship at Dean Witter, dead set on becoming a stock broker. He's smart enough and good with numbers, he figures, having proved that much by solving a Rubik's cube in front of a Dean Witter broker. As he studies and scrapes by, barely earning enough each week to pay for meals, Chris is sure he's going to make it. Jaden Smith is adorable; he delivers an endearing performance as Gardner's son, Christopher, in what turns out to be a simple, sentimental, but ultimately inspiring movie.
The film deals with the American Dream from a particular perspective, focusing, as the title implies, on the constitutional right to "pursue" happiness, rather than the right to be happy. In this manner, the movie is able to avoid focusing much on institutional racism and how that factors into achieving the Dream. Instead, the relationship between father and son, through all the ups and downs of family strife and economic instability, take center stage, with lovely results.
Families can talk about the appeal of stories like Chris'. Why do people like rags-to-riches tales? Why are they considered good material for movies? How close do you think the movie version is to the true story? Families can also talk about the risks that Chris takes to provide a "better life" for his son. How does the movie show that little Christopher is both scared of having no place to sleep, but also utterly trusting of his dad?
Is it OK that Chris tells a white lie in front of his son to get a job? How does the film portray the decision by Christopher's mother to leave him? From whose point of view do you see this choice? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.
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Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama. Smith hits all the right notes - understated, engaging, inspirational - even if his young son threatens to charm him off the screen. This is Smith as you've never seen him -- an unsure, struggling, frustrated guy trying to hold together his family and failing. As cynical as I am, I have to admit I was completely won over by Smith's sincere and deeply effective work as a guy who was knocked down again and again, but refused to stay on the canvas.
Some people will see The Pursuit of Happyness as a glorification of capitalism, but the movie is much less about 'getting' than it is about 'not having.
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The Pursuit of Happyness can't imagine anything worse than being poor. Except maybe being surrounded by poor people. Director Gabriele Muccino has so overloaded the story with glib anecdotes that it's often depressing and, worse, monotonous. Everything that is admirable, and there is much, is down to Smith's verve. Save some of those Kleenex for The Pursuit of Happyness. The Pursuit of Happyness is a very Hollywood film, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. It tries very hard to be profound and inspirational, but ultimately it's not up to the task.
Sap, sentiment, and hokey plot devices bog down an otherwise down to earth story. Smith turns in a career-capping performance, and director Gabriele Muccino ingeniously turns the material inward, cautioning us all to be grateful for what we have, for we're closer to the edge than we think.
Will Smith is absolutely splendid in this inspirational real story of struggle and determination that holds an intense dramatic power without any need to become a cheap melodrama - which is something Hollywood has long grown used to, unfortunately. A story that is inspirational, and moving, predictable, and moves a little too slowly is elevated considerably by the incredibly moving and touching performances of Will Smith and Jaden Smith.
It could have been extremely melodramatic, but the great performances and comic moments keep it at great, emotional drama.
A father with his back to the corner battles his way back to the center of the ring. Will Smith and his son, Jaden, are superlative is this confirmation of the American dream, and you root for them every step of the way. I began thinking that Will brought out the best in his son only to realise that Jaden brought out the best in Will, making this in my humble opinion Will's best. More Top Movies Trailers. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Black Panther Dominates Honorees. Trending on RT Avengers: The Pursuit of Happyness Post Share on Facebook.
Movie Info Chris Gardner is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them. Will Smith as Chris Gardner.
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Jaden Smith as Christopher. Thandie Newton as Linda. Brian Howe as Jay Twistle. James Karen as Martin Frohm. Dan Castellaneta as Alan Frakesh. Kurt Fuller as Walter Ribbon. Takayo Fischer as Mrs. Kevin West as World's Greatest Dad. George Cheung as Chinese Maintenance Worker. Domenic Bove as Tim Ribbon. Geoff Callan as Ferrari Owner. Raven Joyful as Hippie Girl. Scott Klace as Tim Brophy. Rashida Clendening as Bus Driver. Eric Schniewind as Doctor. Peter Fitzsimmons as Doctor.
Maurice Sherbanee as Roy the Old Neighbor. Zuhair Haddad as Cab Driver. Victor Raider-Wexler as Landlord. Mark Christopher Lawrence as Wayne. Darryl Fong as Policeman. Rocky LaRochelle as Motel Manager. Erin Cahill as Dean Witter Receptionist. Rueben Grundy as Businessman. Reuben Grundy as Businessman.
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