My favourite Will Smith movie is leaving Netflix this month

Make yourself happy and watch it

Pursuit of Happyness
(Image credit: Netflix)

Will Smith is one of the biggest actors in the world, he's been in some of the biggest budget blockbusters Hollywood has produced and made more than a few banging tunes. But for me, my favourite performance is in a much more restrained movie. There are no zombies, no robots and no aliens in The Pursuit of Happyness, just one man trying to do right by his son. 

Based on a true story, Smith plays Chris Gardner a down-on-his-luck single father in San Francisco trying desperately to make rent and the most of his future. A real tearjerker, this movie saw Smith nominated for an Oscar (but we won't talk about that) for what is a beautiful performance alongside his real-life son Jaden. Leaving Netflix on the 15th of November, you need to grab a box of tissues and make time to watch.

Despite his circumstances, Chris is a talented man, and after a chance encounter manages to secure a shot at becoming a stockbroker at a leading firm. But in the short term, he doesn't need an unpaid internship, he needs money and a roof over his head. So unlike the others he's competing with, he is forced to juggle this internship with a thankless job selling medical equipment and fatherhood. That's a lot of plates to spin. 

The Pursuit of Happyness

(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

Even with this distant hope to aim for, it seems like the world is against Chris and Chris Jr. You're almost guaranteed to tear up as they spend the night in a train station bathroom and the world kicks this man who just needs a hand to stand up. 

Watching this movie, you can't help but feel all warm and mushy inside and appreciative of the people around you. Perhaps that's why it has a much higher audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (87%) compared to the 67% critic's score (Are they emotionless robots?). It is genuinely my favourite of Smith's movies and I think by far his best performance.

If you want another quality movie to watch that has just arrived on Netflix, why not try the historic Oscar-winner with 99% on Rotten Tomatoes?

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.