Will Smith's new drama "Seven Pounds" bears hallmarks of his previous collaboration with the film's director, Gabriele Muccino, on 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness."
Again, this film is terribly in earnest, and Smith gets ample opportunities to show off his acting chops. It differs from that film, though, by being less slick, more down to earth with its sentiments and less manufactured in its drama.
At the heart -- quite literally -- of the film is an unlikely and intense romance between Smith and a cardiac patient played beautifully by Rosario Dawson, which no doubt will generate positive word-of-mouth for the Sony release. No Will Smith movie goes unnoticed in theaters, so "Seven Pounds" -- awful title -- is looking at substantial numbers during the holidays. It opens on Friday.