"You're a good papa." Those tenderhearted words from Christopher to his father as they spend the night in a homeless shelter poignantly capture the essence of The Pursuit of Happyness. Chris isn't perfect, but one emotional scene after another clearly demonstrate his drive to protect and provide for his son.
Physical affection (hugs and kisses) and heartfelt moments mark their relationship. Chris repeatedly asks Christopher to trust him, and Dad proves that he's worthy of that trust. When Linda threatens to leave, Chris demands that their son stay with him. He knows he'll be a better parent than she would be—a reality to which Linda grudgingly acquiesces. Later, Christopher asks his dad, "Did mom leave because of me?" Chris responds, "Mom left because of mom. And you didn't have anything to do with that."
Actively concerned about his son's education and mental development, Chris gets upset when he learns that Christopher's day care provider, Mrs. Chew, lets the kids watch Bonanza and Love Boat. Chris teaches his son word meanings, such as the difference between probably and possibly, and the fact that happiness is misspelled on his day care's sign. (It's mistakenly spelled with a "y"; the film's title intentionally follows suit.)
Chris encourages his boy to make a birthday wish-list, then gets him a basketball as a present. And one of the film's most powerful scenes comes when Christopher is trying to shoot hoops with his new ball. After a strong-but-errant shot, Dad critically informs him, "You'll excel at a lot of things, but not [basketball]," perhaps projecting his own experience onto his son. Christopher immediately lives down to Dad's low expectations and takes a weak shot. Noticing his son's downcast countenance, Chris realizes his error and rectifies the situation, saying, "Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream? You gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it. You want something, go get it. Period."
A harrowing night of homelessness finds the pair killing time at a deserted Bay Area Rapid Transit stop. Father and son imagine that Dad's bone-density machine is actually a time-travel device that takes them back to the time of the dinosaurs. Christopher gleefully joins in the make-believe game as they flee from a T-Rex into a "cave"—a public restroom where they spend the night. Dad holds the door shut with his foot, and tears stream down his face as he watches his innocent son sleep on his lap.
In addition to such a strong father-son relationship, The Pursuit of Happyness also presents the American Dream as an achievable reality. It begins when Chris asks a Dean Witter broker (who he sees getting out of a bright-red Ferrari) what's needed to do the job. The answer he gets back is this: "You've got to be good with numbers and good with people." Chris believes he has those skills and aggressively pursues executives at Dean Witter once he discovers internships are available.
He hounds his first contact, Jay Twistle, until the man pays attention to him. Several other people at Dean Witter give Chris chances to prove himself, though they aren't really duty-bound to do so. And even though he's virtually broke, Chris gives $5 to one of his rich superiors so he can pay for cab fare. Later, Chris misses an appointment with an executive (for reasons beyond his control), and goes to the man's house to apologize. The exec, Walter Ribbon, in turn, kindly invites Chris and Christopher to share his skybox at a 49ers game.
A "live" TV clip of President Ronald Reagan includes the exhortation, "We've got to face the truth, and we've got to work to turn things around." Chris does that, and much, much more.
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In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson mentions "the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." What did Thomas Jefferson mean by "the pursuit of happiness?" Is happiness something that one can pursue? Fortunately, the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness," reveals the answers to these questions through a touching story of how far one man goes to provide for his family.
Recently I had the pleasure of viewing, "The Pursuit of Happiness," a film directed by Gabriele Muccino and written by Steve Conrad. The film has been available since December 15, 2006, so I was able to view it from the comforts of my own home. The movie has a PG-13 rating due to some mild language and violence, but I think it could have been borderline PG. The main character, Chris Gardner is played by actor Will Smith, who has also starred in many other blockbuster hits such as "Bad Boys," "Hancock," "Men in Black," "I am Legend," and "I-Robot". In addition, the movie casts Will Smith's son Jaden Smith, who plays the son that Chris vows to take care of. Inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, this movie drama depicts a man who relentlessly struggles to support his family. After losing his wife and home, Chris endlessly pursues happiness. Will Chris rise from destitution to riches?
The movie, just shy of two hours long, takes place in San-Fransisco during the year1981. Chris, a struggling sales man, tries to support his family, but is not having much success. He attempts to make things good, but they always end up worse. His wife finally cracks and leaves taking their son with her. Chris's son means more to him than anything in the world, which is why his wife decides to let their son stay with him. One day while walking down the street Chris runs into a guy getting out of a red Ferrari, in which he asked him what he does for a living. The man tells him that he is a stockbroker and works for Dean-Witten. From there on out, Chris pursues an internship as a stockbroker hoping to land a full time position. The only problem is that the internship has no salary, so he has to sell some of his medical scanners in order for his son and him to survive. Does Chris and his son make it after being evicted our of two apartments, having the IRS take almost all the money out of his account, and sleeping wherever they could? I cannot tell you, but one thing is for sure, this movie is definitely worth renting, so kick up your feet, set back in your recliner, and enjoy two hours of heartwarming emotion.
Will Smith was the producer of this movie, which did not surprise me since he has produced many of his own movies. The thing that I found interesting was the way he used his own son in the story. I think that this greatly added to the plot, because they were so natural together. There is one seen where Chris makes up an imaginary game with his son to hide the reality of sleeping in a subway bathroom. This particular part was an excellent example of the acting talents of Will Smith, because it truly made you fell sad.
Since the first time I watched Will Smith on the TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," I instantly became a fan. His acting talents are superb, always resulting in a great film. I have watched all of Will Smith's movies and have never been disappointed. Will Smith is a great actor and in this movie, his acting turns a mediocre story into a masterpiece. The makeup crew also did a great job of quickly aging Will's character to portray the stress he was going through.
Although this movie lacks the fast paced action, special effects, and no stop comedy that will keep you laughing all night, it will definitely have you feeling happy, sad, and then happy again. In a rating scale of one to ten, I would give this movie an eight. If I was a big drama fan I would probably give the movie a ten, but it was not really my forte.