The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Poster


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Speedcubing champions Tyson Mao, Toby Mao, and Lars Petrus were hired to coach Will Smith to solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes.
The homeless people, who worked as extras, received a full day's pay at minimum wage ($8.62 per hour) and free catered meals. For some, it was the first money they had made in a while.
The "Bible" the interns were told to sleep, eat, and live with is the 1934 edition of "Security Analysis" by Benjamin Graham.
Based on a true story, though some elements have been changed from the book. For instance, Gardner's internship was not unpaid; he received a small stipend. He and his child's mother were never married.
Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson on The Simpsons (1989), co-stars in the film as one of Gardner's superiors and requests a donut from Gardener. This is a nod to Casellaneta's animated counterpart who shares a similar taste for donuts.
Jaden Smith, who plays Chris Gardner's son, is Will Smith's real-life son. Christopher is Jaden's middle name.
Will Smith wanted Gabriele Muccino to direct this movie after seeing his films L'ultimo bacio (2001) and Remember Me, My Love (2003).
In the movie, Christopher, Jr. is five years old, in 1981. In real life, he was an infant, having been born on January 28th of that year.
Throughout the film, period advertisements for Pacific Southwest Airlines can be seen in numerous places (taxis, buses, BART stations). PSA was a very popular low-fare airline in California during the period in which this film is set.
Mr. Ribbon asks his secretary to call Mr. Ristuccia. This surname is often used by Gabriele Muccino in his movies.
Tyson Mao served as a consultant for the prop department.
The taxi driver who was going on behind Chris in the film, was shouting " Stop, stop, son of a dog!", but in Arabic.
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Throughout the entirety of the film, Christopher, Jr. worn the same exact outfit only variance in costume was when he was being bathed.
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Young Christopher often plays with, and would later accidentally leave behind, a Captain America doll. A legendary Marvel comics character who would later have his own movie franchise five years after this film was released.
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Chris Gardner: At the end, the real Chris Gardner walks past Chris and Christopher.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the IRS seizes funds from Chris Gardner's account, Chris says the date was the 25th of September. September 25th is Will Smith's birthday.
Chris Gardner (Will Smith) helps Jay Twistle (Brian Howe) solve his Rubik's Cube. In the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)'s episode "Alma Matter" (season 3, episode 18) released in February 8, 1993, Will Smith (Will Smith) gets into Prince University after solving Ed's Rubik's Cube (Earl Boen).
In the film, Chris makes note of five key steps regarding his "pursuit of happyness:" 1. Riding the Bus, 2. Being Stupid, 3. Running, 4. Internship, and 5. Happyness.
The title "The Pursuit of Happyness" is misspelled, as the correct spelling is "happiness." "Happyness" is not found in the dictionary and is not a word in the English language. It was spelled that way on purpose, because it appears written the same way on the outer wall of Christopher's (Jaden Smith's) daycare center.

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