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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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Biography | Drama

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

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Release Date:

15 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Untitled Chris Gardner Project  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Tyson Mao (contestant on Beauty and the Geek (2005)) served as a consultant on this film for the prop department. See more »


The movie shows all-glass bus shelters with large poster ads. The San Francisco MUNI adopted all-glass bus shelters in the 1990s. The posters first appeared in the late '90s. See more »


Shoe-Spotting Intern: Hey, you're missing a shoe.
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Take your parents to see it over the holidays
30 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this movie in a screening. I really enjoyed it, and felt that it lived up to the teary and heartwarming trailer. While the movie has an uplifting "go for your dreams" message, the deepest theme is that of family.

Will Smith did a great job as the father trying to protect his son from their circumstances of becoming homeless as much as he can, while at the same time trying to work in the competitive world of stocks as an un-paid intern. Jaden Smith was outstanding as the preschool-aged kid who knows things are going wrong and tries to have a stiff upper lip, but just can't do it all the time.

The story is very touching and was close to home for me. My family has been through some tough times, and this movie just reminded me of how much my parents struggled to provide for our family and yet kept life fun as much as they could. I am excited to go see this with my parents as a way to say thank you.

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