IBJ Movie Night: 'Seven Pounds'

December 8, 2008
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[Note: all winners have been contacted. See you at the movie.] 

Join IBJ for a sneak preview of the new Will Smith film "Seven Pounds."

It will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16 at AMC Castleton Square 14.

To score the passes, discuss your favorite Will Smith movie below. ("Six Degrees of Separation" anyone? And does anyone recall "Where the Day Takes You"?)

Then drop me an e-mail at lharry@ibj.com with "Seven Pounds" in the subject line. I will contact the first responders and continue until the passes run out.

Your thoughts?
  • My favorite Will Smith movie has to be Wild West West. Not only because of the superb acting of Will Smith and Kevin Kline, but because of the cataclysmic soundtrack featuring the Fresh Prince in chaps and a cowboy hat. Only joking...probably would have to be Pursuit of Happyness because of the message it delivers. Although Will Smith did have an amazing cameo in the TV show Blossom as the Fresh Prince himself...not really a movie role but c'mon!
  • I would have to say Enemy of the State. I thought this was a great action movie with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.
  • I agree on the Fresh Prince comments. Not a movie, but it's a new classic.
  • Didn't see either of those movies (Six Degrees or Where...You). Legend and Hancock are the best Will Smith movies of recent date. He ends up playing the good guy in the end of both of those movies, but I won't hold that against him. Seven Pounds looks to be in a similar vein.
  • Must say that The Pursuit of Happyness makes any dad laugh, cry and melt at the performance by Will and his son.
  • independence day. best end of the world movie of all time.
  • Best Will Smith movie ... Pursuit of Happyness. It means more in today's market as most of us struggle with rising costs, making ends meet, and increased unemployment. Overall, his performance in that movie was inspiring and solidified himself as one of the greatest actors of our time.
  • I Am Legend, is my favorite Will Smith flick. I love to fantasize about the end of our days and survival of the fittest. This movie captured exactly the vast emptiness I pictured in my mind, along with the loneliness of being a near sole survivor. Will portrays a man of strength and daring.
  • Can't leave out Men in Black.
  • I definitely agree - can't forget about Men in Black, although, Six Degrees is the one that I have to say is Will's absolute best! It kept you guessing and he twisted through the character perfectly. After years of Fresh Prince, it was amazing! Still his best work in my book.
  • I'm going to have to go with I Am Legend...I enjoyed it intensely, agree with Mike's comments. Kind of my version for the last days on Earth (or was it a new beginning for man?:).

    I was impressed with Six Degrees...when it came out and I saw it, I kept saying, No way the Fresh Prince is this good of an actor!

    Some hip-hop/rap artists can go onto great acting careers; Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, and Tupac Shakur (was just starting to break out), even Eminem to some degree. Sorry DMX, Master P, and Nelly you're not going to cut it!
  • I also have to go with I am Legend. I really enjoyed it although I wasn't expecting a Zombie flick going in. What about Enemy of the State? Much less popular/successful than of Will's movies, but a fun movie.
  • Definitely I Am Legend. From his interviews you can see that he is an incredibly hard working perfectionist, and has taken himself from a comedic actor to a very talented dramatic actor. In I Am Legend, his character wears his emotion on his sleeve from curtain to credits.
  • I would have to say Men in Black is my favorite Will Smith film and my favorite character that he played. His role in Independence Day was too melodramatic although it was altogether a better film than Men in Black. I am Legend is a close second. Did not think he did as stellar a job in Ali as others may think he did.
  • My favorite Will Smith movie is Men in Black. I loved the partnership of Will and Tommy Lee Jones, also one of my favorite actors. I think this movie (along with Independence Day and Wild West) cemented Will as a top box office draw and helped him dominate the 4th of July opening week box office for several years in a row.
  • my favorite movie was pursuit of happiness because of the positive motivating story line and for once it was good to see a male character that was trying to do something good for himself and his family. And i believe this was one of the few movies where Will wasn't trying to save the world.
  • I would definetly have to agree with those that said Pursuit of Happyness. It is an uplifting movie...and Will and Jadan are great together.
  • Will is a great actor and I love most of what he does. It's difficult to choose one, but Pursuit of Happyness is definitely up there and, yes Lou, Six Degrees of Separation from 1993 and Where the Day Takes You from 1992 were pretty good. I believe Six Degrees rec'd an Oscar nomination. Correct?
  • I love Men in Black! That has to be one my all time favorite movies. My girls love it as well...they almost pee laughing everytime the alien dog comes on.
  • I still like Independence Day. I always laugh at the part when he says, and what the hell is that smell? and starts kicking the alien. The pairing with Jeff Goldblum was an interesting choice - who would've though of those two on screen together, but it worked for that movie.
  • I actually liked Ali and Pursuit of Happyness the best. Not as much into action as biography I guess!
  • I love Will Smith in Independence Day and Hitch. I was really looking forward to seeing Pursuit of Happyness but it was way too sad!
  • I haven't seen many of his movies, but I loved him in Pursuit of Happyness.
    I loved seeing him in a more serious role, the scene where he is crying in the
    bathroom is probably the most heart-wrenching thing I have ever witnessed.
    He must have had to go through a lot as an actor to get himself to that place.
    I also love how at the end, he doesn't say anything, he just walks out and raises
    his arms in the air, I was left crying and speechless. I would commend anyone
    who could do that.
  • Men in Black...the first, not the second!! Loved him in MIB. I love Will Smith in comedy/action roles, but I certainly wouldn't dismiss his ability to do drama after seeing him in The Pursuit of Happyness! Can you believe how far he's come since Fresh Prince and Parents Just Don't Understand??
  • In a completely non-partisan spirit - my favorite Will Smith movie is the yet to be produced Obama. The connection was glaring even before the Barabara Walters Special mentioned it....
  • I actually liked Enemy of the State, but Pursuit of Happyness takes it for me. Ali wasn't so bad either.
  • Independance Day - loved when he punched out the aliean and drug him back home.
  • I-Robot and Hitch were both pretty good. I think these both show his action and comedic abilities respectively.
  • My favs are Bad Boys ( does anyone know the lyrics to the song), Hitch ( the alergic reaction to the seafood was HILLLLARIOUS!), Independence Day (That whole movie was great) and Ali ( such a dramatic transformation).
  • My fav movie Enemy of the State with Will Smith,Gene Hackman,Jon Voigt Will Smith performance was incredible along with a reknowned cast
    the story plot was thrilling,innovating and absolutely a keeper.
  • My favorite so far is THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS >
  • Well Lou--I've really appreciated all the free tix you offer--but tonight's Seven Pounds was tragically overbooked. Arriving before 7 to find that the 7:30 show was already full was sad enough--but the 125+ people who came after me were even more distressed since the roads were slippery and the parking lot a disaster!
    We all understand that these events are deliberately overbooked--but even the airlines don't sell more than TWICE as many tickets as they have seats!
    The theater was less than gracious in handling this issue--they blamed it all on the radio station, and made everyone wait a half hour before they told us there were no empty seats. Would it kill them to tell us when we arrived that the maximum possible additional open seats would be 7 or 10 or whatever and those people were already in line? And couldn't they be a 'winner' and offer a discounted seat to another movie--they'd make a lot of people happy and sell more popcorn!
    We still love you Lou--and we do understand that the number of seats is finite and out of your control!

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