Wednesday, March 28, 2007


THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006, Gabriele Muccino, Steve Conrad screenplay)
If you've got any compassion, you'll feel for this can't-get-a-break eventually homeless single dad: if you've got ulcers, they’ll only get worse. There's gospel music in a church shelter that suggests some sort of transcendence in this down-but-not-outer’s hope, yet I can't help thinking that this is pretty much just Horatio Alger materialism when you come right down to it. Regardless, it’s an emotional (and not always sugar-coated) portrait of a father’s love for his boy, with tremendous chemistry between Will Smith and his (on-screen and off-screen) son.

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