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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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

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World's Greatest Dad
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Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
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Storyline

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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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$162,586,036 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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Trivia

Speedcubing champions Tyson Mao and Toby Mao and Lars Petrus were hired to coach Will Smith to solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes. See more »

Goofs

When Smith purchases a new lamp for the scanner and is on the bus, he holds it up to the camera and shows it to be a Xenon tube, the sort used for strobe lights and camera flash. Later on after he repairs the scanner and switches it on, it shows as continuously illuminated. This type of lamp is a high speed discharge lamp that can only flash and lighting it continuously would melt it in seconds. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Gardner: You gotta trust me, all right?
Christopher: I trust you.
Christopher Gardner: 'Cause I'm getting a better job
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Spoofed in 2007 MTV Movie Awards (2007) See more »

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Young Man
(1969)
Written by Mose Allison, Richard Dorfmeister, and Peter Kruder
Performed by Peter Kruder (as Kruder) and Richard Dorfmeister (as Dorfmeister) featuring Mose Allison
Courtesy of G-Stone Recordings
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19 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best films of this year. For a year that was fueled by controversy and crap, it was nice to finally see a film that had a true heart to it. From the opening scene to the end, I was so moved by the love that Will Smith has for his son. Basically, if you see this movie and walk out of it feeling nothing, there is something that is very wrong with you. Loved this movie, it's the perfect movie to end the year with. The best part was after the movie, my friends and I all got up and realized that this movie had actually made the four of us tear up! It's an amazing film and if Will Smith doesn't get at least an Oscar Nom, then the Oscars will just suck. In fact Will Smith should actually just win an Oscar for this role.!!! I loved this movie!!!! Everybody needs to see especially the people in this world that take everything for granted, watch this movie, it will change you!


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