The Pursuit of Happyness movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This biography-drama’s themes and emotions are okay for older kids, but there is also some language. Will Smith stars in this moving story of fatherhood and poverty.


A financially struggling salesman is left with the custody of his son after his wife decides to seperate from him, getting them evicted from their apartment and being left homeless with no place to go. But he refuses to give up as he continues trying to create a better life for himself and his son.

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Movie details

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Brian Howe
Writer: Steven Conrad
Release Date (Australia): 11 January 2007
Runtime: 117 minutes/1h 57m
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film centres on a man’s struggle to care for his son whilst experiencing poverty after separating from his wife.

Violence (PG)

A character is hit by a car as he runs across the road in an attempt to catch a thief.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the words “s**t”, “hell”, “damn” and “ass”, as well as verbal and visual use of the word “f**k”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for some language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Especially due to Will and Jaden Smith’s marvellous portrayal of numerous emotions, The Pursuit of Happyness is a very uplifting drama based on a deep true story. The film presents the story of Chris Gardner struggling to look after his son whilst experiencing separation and homelessness. Will you have to bring some tissues? Probably; there’s several moments that’ll bring tears to your eyes.

What you’ll love most about The Pursuit of Happyness is the portrayal of the lead character’s struggle. It’s enough to steal your attention and place you in Gardner’s shoes. Obviously, it’s simply wonderful. There’s the struggle, the stress, the anger, and all the difficult emotions before the satisfying and heartwarming finishing.

Any weak performance replacing Smith and his son honestly would’ve brought the story to ruins, because it’s the performances and emotions that are what make this movie so moving. Don’t ignore the negative reviews as there are some things about the story that viewers won’t enjoy. There’s a big focus on money and there’s several predictable moments.

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