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Pursuit of Happyness, The

Chris Gardner has spent all his savings on a quite revolutionary device that he’s been trying to sell to hospitals and medical centers. However, the device is quite pricey and considered an unnecessary luxury. This results in the fact that he’s got tons of unpaid bills and his life is going downhill. His wife is about to leave him and the only thing that keeps him going is his little son Christopher for whom he would do everything.

One day he notices there’s a possibility to join an internship to become a stock broker and sees this as his chance for a better life. However, only 20 people are admitted and of those 20 only one will be recruited. And to make things even less secure, during the training there’s no pay…

Sound and Vision:
The Pursuit of Happyness has very good image quality with very natural colors, plenty of detail, sharp image and hardly any compression errors. Good stuff, just as we expect from a recent release.

The sound comes with a 5.1 soundtrack that does its job and adds atmosphere by using the surround speakers for music.

Extras:
– Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on The American Dream
– Inside the Rubik’s Cube
– Father and Son: On screen and Off
– The Man behind the movie: A Conversation with Chris Gardner
– Audio Commentary by director Gabriele Muccino
– Music clip “I Can”

Conclusion:
The Pursuit of Happyness tells the real-life story of Chris Gardner who went from being a sales bum to being a highly succesful stock broker. An American Dream come true, but of course there’s plenty of drama in the middle, otherwise the movie would hardly be interesting. Of course people will start saying that Will Smith is back with his usual tricks and playing the emotional note, but the thing is: this movie is actually pretty decent and that’s largely thanks to the fact that the character of Chris Gardner feels very much alive and real. That the movie and characters are based on actual facts of course helps in this matter, but still. There have been plenty of films about people “making it” but usually we get to see some standard stuff where some nobody suddenly gets one success after the other while this time we get to see a more realistic picture that shows you don’t get success without having to overcome certain problems. And that’s what makes The Pursuit of Happyness so good. You’ll easily feel submerged in the world of Chris Gardner, get to know his feelings and feel empathy.

If you’re looking for a decent drama, The Pursuit of Happyness is the dvd for you

Our Score:
8.0

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