SUN­DAY

THE PUR­SUIT OF HAPPYNESS 11PM, TDT

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

A down- and- out dad ( Will Smith) must pay the bills and fi nd shel­ter for his young son while stak­ing his en­tire liveli­hood on a six- month spell as an un­paid trainee stock­bro­ker. Though mis­ery is piled upon mis­ery in this ten­sion- rid­dled tear­jerker, remembering such in­cred­i­ble mis­for­tune is based on a true story will snatch re­spect from the jaws of ridicule. The key here is the grace­fully sub­tle per­for­mance of Smith, who gen­tly car­ries his char­ac­ter’s hum­ble de­ter­mi­na­tion as if it is made of crys­tal glass. Smith’s son in the pic­ture is played by one of his own, then eight- year- old Jaden.

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