The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

DVD - 2007
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A homeless father strives to better his life for his son by risking everything on an internship in a competitive stockbroker training program where few make it.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Pictures, 2007
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Pursuit of happiness

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GiovanniS
Jul 18, 2018

This one is a gem. Watched this on DVD I rented from Blockbuster back in the day and recently re-watched this again on Netflix before they pulled the movie. This true story was just captivating to look at and you have to admire the resilience this man had despite his very humiliating circumstances. Including showing up to a job interview after being held overnight in a police station for unpaid parking ticket fines and being unable to dress any better than the clothes you wore overnight to prison. Paying $ 5.00 for a boss' taxi-fare so you now had to walk rather than take the bus to the shelter to which you are turned away because you are now too far back in the line and missed the cut-off and have to sleep in the streets. Having the IRS scoop your account bone-dry so you can't pay the rent that's past-due you intended to pay and the landlord just evicted you and your child and furniture the next day. I just mentioned three extreme issues where there was a perfect storm that everything went bad. Yet, despite all that, this guy didn't give up, but persevered until he was able to eventually open his own stock brokerage firm. This gem of a movie really does have allot of soul. I would borrow the Blu-ray just to see if there is any special features or further documentary about who this guy was.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

Awesome story!

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DUVIDL
Nov 29, 2017

DEAR NCPARRISH: I guess if your father IS a stock broker and you (as you apparently do) sit smugly at the top of the `food chain`, then this is a pretty dumb story about an `uppity darkie`. But if you don`t wipe your behind with hundred dollar bills after a bowel movement and you know what it`s like to be scared every moment of your life struggling from week to week to keep a roof over your head, this is a story of perseverance and a miracle - and of a man determine, no matter what, to break the cycle of children without a father: something lacking in a lot of fancy houses in high-end neighborhoods where ` de white folk play`.

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canasru33
Mar 04, 2017

Amazing performance by Will smith. Not a lot of movies make me cry, but this one did.

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Beth1603
Jan 09, 2017

Beyond inspiring. A must-see for anyone to learn the power of perseverance.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

A very inspirational movie based on a true story about a salesman named Chris Gardner. He has difficulty making money with the bone density scanners he is trying to sell which he spent his life savings on. Struggling to make the money, Chris finds himself losing his wife and being evicted from his San Francisco apartment along with his 5 year old son Christopher. When Chris gets an internship at a brokerage firm to become a stockbroker, he and his son face adversity and many hardships in pursuit of getting a better life for the both of them. Will and Jaden Smith did a phenomenal job in bringing this true story to life. It is filled with many emotional moments that will make you think about the greatness of life. I greatly enjoyed this movie. 4/5 Stars. - @ReadingThruThe6 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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bradbur2
Jul 15, 2016

I love this movie. Very motivating. Appropriate for mature audiences only though because of the "F" word and lots of yelling and screaming at children and spouses. You don't want your kids to treat their kids or spouses as portrayed in this film.

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swathi_gardas
Dec 15, 2015

Love Love Love the movie.

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ncparrish
Nov 04, 2015

Pretty dumb. About a guy whose "dream" it is to become a stockbroker, of all things. But first he makes a living selling overpriced, unnecessary medical equipment. Finds Jesus, prays, etc. $$$ Will Smith has no skill. Standard garbage, "based" on a "true" story.

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camaroon
Mar 05, 2015

library copy skipped so bad I couldn't watch it

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nadian May 11, 2008

Coarse Language: Brief scene including innapropriate language

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

Christopher Gardner: [narrating, at a payphone, raining, after learning Linda is taking Christopher away from him] It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?

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