YMMV / The Pursuit of Happyness

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Gardner a righteous, determined and selfless father, or is he a selfish, childish man severely out of touch with reality?
    • Complicated further by the real Gardner not being nearly as much of a standup guy as the film portrays.
  • Glurge: A man, who is presented as moral, sees happiness in making money as a stock broker, studies at it with a high potential chance of failure for no money, and is willing to sacrifice his own son's well-being in order to do so. Also, because of this, it comes across as capitalist propaganda justifying the wealth gaps between rich and poor. If you're poor, it's because you didn't work as hard as Gardner did.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Captain America doll is one of these when you find out that Will Smith was at one point the top choice to play him in Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • Tear Jerker: Be prepared for the overwhelming urge to call your Daddy and tell him how much you love him.