The Pursuit of Happiness (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Pursuit of Happiness (2001)





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A man with little passion for either his job or his wife gets a wake-up call in this independently produced romantic comedy. Frank Whaley plays Alan, an L.A.-based advertising executive currently being wooed by a tech firm in Seattle. He's about to move himself and his significant other (Dawn Eason) to the rainier climate when, upon returning from the interview, he finds she's left him for another man (Adam Baldwin, at that). Uncertain of anything anymore, Alan tries to find solace in friends and family, turning to his longtime friend Marissa (Annabeth Gish) for support; she in turn is having her own troubles with her husband, Jack (Alex Hyde-White). Hitting the singles bars to find a new love, Alan is slow to realize that the "right girl" may be right in front of him. Actor-turned-director John Putch is the son of actress Jean Stapleton, who appears briefly in Pursuit of Happiness.


Frank Whaley
as Alan Oliver
Annabeth Gish
as Marissa Kiley
Amy Jo Johnson
as Tracy Jennings
Patrick Van Horn
as Mike Hathaway
Cress Williams
as Ace Charlesworth
Liz Vassey
as Renee O'Malley
Alex Hyde-White
as Paul Kiley
Dawn Eason
as Janet Monroe
Jean Stapleton
as Lorraine Conrad
Kieran Mulroney
as Calvin Dirrod
Anne-Marie Johnson
as Devin Quinn
Megan Blake
as Minister
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All Critics (4)

Presented in an endearingly straightforward fashion and features a handful of performances that manage to elevate the familiarity into something capably entertaining.

June 8, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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