December 15, 2006, - 3:35 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
This weekend finds two notable films newly released at the box office:
* “The Pursuit of Happyness“: Read my full review of this true story of homeless-to-millionaire Chris Gardner. An inspiring, uplifting film that is the epitome of the American story. Despite all odds against him, hard work and moxie enable Gardner to overcome tremendous odds. One of the best movies of the year. Will Smith is excellent as Gardner, and ironically looks like a taller, thinner, younger version of shakedown king Jesse Jackson in this one. His son, Jaden, is great as Chris, Jr. Again, read my full review of this movie.
* “Eragon“: This “Lord of the Rings” wannabe is entertaining and charming enough for kids, but I’ve seen better. The special effects are thin, and the story is too light, too familiar, and somewhat stiff. The computer-generated dragon looks very fake. This story of Eragon–a dragon rider who is marked for death by the evil king in Medieval England and must fight and beat the kings murderous forces–features Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. Based on a best-selling book of the same name, written by a then-teenager (who is now 23).
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