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"The Pursuit of Happyness"

_ There is never any doubt that Will Smith’s Chris Gardner will muddle though, that he’ll find a job, make some money, secure a home and achieve the elusive, intentionally misspelled state of the film’s title. After all, this is "inspired by a true story," and after all, this is Will Smith. They don’t make movies about homeless guys who remain homeless by the time the closing credits roll _ and if they do, they certainly don’t release them at Christmas.

It’s all predictable stuff. Yet Smith does make you root for him, because beneath that bad moustache and cheap suit he’s actually acting and not just playing the clown, something he hasn’t done in truly convincing fashion since 1993’s "Six Degrees of Separation."

The scenes in which he runs around San Francisco, seeking comfort and shelter for himself and his young son, have a convincing familiarity _ probably because that really is Smith’s son, seven-year-old Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, playing the part. And at its core "The Pursuit of Happyness" is a good story _ one that’s literally rags to riches, and didn’t need the many tweaks and embellishments that have been added.

_ Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic

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"The Pursuit of Happyness"

_ There is never any doubt that Will Smith’s Chris Gardner will muddle though, that he’ll find a job, make some money, secure a home and achieve the elusive, intentionally misspelled state of the film’s title. After all, this is "inspired by a true story," and after all, this is Will Smith. They don’t make movies about homeless guys who remain homeless by the time the closing credits roll _ and if they do, they certainly don’t release them at Christmas.

It’s all predictable stuff. Yet Smith does make you root for him, because beneath that bad moustache and cheap suit he’s actually acting and not just playing the clown, something he hasn’t done in truly convincing fashion since 1993’s "Six Degrees of Separation."

The scenes in which he runs around San Francisco, seeking comfort and shelter for himself and his young son, have a convincing familiarity _ probably because that really is Smith’s son, seven-year-old Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, playing the part. And at its core "The Pursuit of Happyness" is a good story _ one that’s literally rags to riches, and didn’t need the many tweaks and embellishments that have been added.

_ Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic

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"The Pursuit of Happyness"

_ There is never any doubt that Will Smith’s Chris Gardner will muddle though, that he’ll find a job, make some money, secure a home and achieve the elusive, intentionally misspelled state of the film’s title. After all, this is "inspired by a true story," and after all, this is Will Smith. They don’t make movies about homeless guys who remain homeless by the time the closing credits roll _ and if they do, they certainly don’t release them at Christmas.

It’s all predictable stuff. Yet Smith does make you root for him, because beneath that bad moustache and cheap suit he’s actually acting and not just playing the clown, something he hasn’t done in truly convincing fashion since 1993’s "Six Degrees of Separation."

The scenes in which he runs around San Francisco, seeking comfort and shelter for himself and his young son, have a convincing familiarity _ probably because that really is Smith’s son, seven-year-old Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, playing the part. And at its core "The Pursuit of Happyness" is a good story _ one that’s literally rags to riches, and didn’t need the many tweaks and embellishments that have been added.

_ Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic

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