Owen Gleiberman
December 31, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Pursuit of Happyness

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
117 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/15/06
performer
Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Thandie Newton
director
Gabriele Muccino
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author
Steve Conrad
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Will Smith, in a beautiful performance, slows himself down to play Chris Gardner, an earnest fellow who attempts to achieve middle-class solidity by becoming a stockbroker. Set in 1981, this shrewdly touching movie speaks to the anxieties of our own time, and what hooks you is how specific it is about one man’s economic perils.

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