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About the Movie
The Pursuit of Happyness is about a father Chris Gardner (Will Smith) and his five years old son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) who go through hardship and struggle in life in pursuit of their dream of a better life.
Chris is a bright & talented, but employed as a salesman at a meager salary. His wife abandoned him, and he got his young boy’s custody. His struggle becomes harder when he & his younger son evicted from their apartment. Though he managed to get an intern position at a prestigious brokerage firm but he did not get any penny from there as an intern. They have to live in the shelter and endure many hardships. Chris never gives up and work hard to pursue his dream of a happy life.
The movie released in November 2006.
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. Full review
Common Sense Media
An admirably unsentimental biopic with an excellent central performance, but it doesn’t impact as strongly as it could. Full review
Will Smith and his son, Jaden, bring to life the true story of a father-son family valiantly struggling to step up from the bottom rung of the ladder in 1980s San Francisco. Full review
Adam R. Holz
Notable Moments of the movie The Pursuit of Happyness – Watch Here Now!
The Pursuit of Happyness touching scene
Christopher: [while walking past a bus and to sell a bone density scanner] Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two boats, you dummy!”
Christopher Gardner: [voice-over] This part of my life… this part right here? This is called “happyness.”
Christopher Gardner: [narrating] I met my father for the first time when I was 28 years old. I made up my mind that when I had children, my children were going to know who their father was.
Reverend Williams: The important thing about that freedom train, is it’s got to climb mountains. We ALL have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide. We sing about them.
Christopher Gardner: [the first day of the internship program] This part of my life is called “internship.”
Christopher Gardner: [voice over, chasing after the hippie girl carrying his bone density scanner ] This part of my life is called running.
Homeless Guy #1: It’s a time machine… I know it’s a time machine…
Christopher Gardner: [voice-over, while sitting on a bus] This machine in my lap? It is not a time machine.
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
Christopher: [while eating in a restaurant] What are you doing?
Christopher Gardner: Paying a parking ticket.
Christopher: …But we don’t have a car anymore.
Christopher Gardner: Yeah, I know…
Christopher Gardner: [while bringing Christopher to daycare, about the spelling mistakes in the graffiti of a building] It’s not H-A-P-P-Y-N-E-S-S Happiness is spelled with an “I” instead of a “Y”
Christopher: Oh, okay. Is “Fuck” spelled right?
Christopher Gardner: Um, yes. “Fuck” is spelled right but you shouldn’t use that word.
Christopher: Why? What’s it mean?
Christopher Gardner: [going inside the daycare] It’s, um, an adult word used to express anger and, uh, other things. But it’s an adult word. It’s spelled right, but don’t use it.