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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 15 December 2006 (USA)
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

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Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". He feels like he has made these devices. However, they do not sell as they are marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tries to figure out how to sell them, his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job; he takes on a job as a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices. Written by John Wiggins

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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15 December 2006 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$26,541,709 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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$162,586,036 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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Jaden Smith, who plays Chris Gardner's son, is Will Smith's real-life son. Christopher is Jaden's middle name. See more »

Goofs

When Chris gets into the cab with Mr. Twistle, a nearby UPS truck has their 2004 livery painted on it. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Gardner: [in an empty subway] You gotta trust me, all right?
Christopher: I trust you.
Christopher Gardner: 'Cause I'm getting a better job
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Featured in Inside the Rubik's Cube (2007) See more »

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Higher Ground
(1973)
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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Will Smith is Oscar-worthy, no doubt about it.
15 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's the deal: It's real, it's heavy, and it's inspirational, but NOT AT ALL cheesy. Don't like that? Don't see it. I won't say much else. I will say that Will Smith was shockingly good now that he's paid his dues with "Men in Black" and "Bad Boys."

I was very happy that this film never got political and blamed Reagan for the number of "down on their luck" people that were shown, nor was the race card ever pulled out. It was also refreshing that Smith's character never blamed anybody for his troubles.

It's very funny at parts, but be prepared for some serious drama. In no ways is it cliché or contrived or boring. Let's just say that's it not Oliver Stone dramatic. This truly is a must see. To say "I laughed, I cried" would be really lame. It is the truth, though.

We know that Scorsese's crowning achievement "The Departed" is going to take the cake at the Oscars, and I won't be complaining. But this movie deserves to be experienced and taken in by the masses.


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