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Drama starring Will Smith. Set in early '80s San Francisco, the film charts the hard times and eventual comeback of Chris Gardner (Smith), a suddenly single salesman who has custody of his son, but finds that providing for the two of them is a challenge in the increasingly unstable economic climate. In the face of this difficult life, Chris has the desperate inspiration to try for a stockbroker internship where one in twenty has a chance of a lucrative full time career. Together, father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and the overall punishing despair in a quest that would make Gardner a respected millionaire.
Average Rating for The Pursuit Of Happyness  - 4 out of 5
(based on 3 user reviews)
The Pursuit Of Happyness Thomas
The pursuit of happiness is based upon the true story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a San Francisco salesman trying to do what is best for his family. After investing his life savings into a 'Bone density scanner' Chris thought he had the world at his feet, little did he know that the costs of the machines, strongly outweighed the benefits, meaning he was struggling to support his family. When his wife walks out on him, Chris is left with his son (played by Will Smith' real life son) he embarks on a journey, based on hurdles, pride and his dream to pursue happiness.
When walking home from work one day, Chris spots a man getting out of his car to go to work, and sais "I've got two questions for you, what do you do? And how do you do it" the man replies "I'm a stock broker". This short conversation sets up the whole film. With Chris' strong maths ability, and his ability to convince people, he decides to apply for an internship. Throughout the film, Chris has to hurdle lots of obstacles, from losing his flat, to losing a friend, to being arrested and finally running out of money. One particular scene that stands out involves them sleeping the night in a toilet, located in the tube. When Chris begins to cry, even the strongest of viewers would find it hard to resist the inevitable tear drops.
It is without a doubt, one of Will Smiths' finest performance, he does a magnificent job portraying such a heroic character, he is very convincing, and he is ultimately what makes the whole story believable. The story is told extremely well, it explains everything with the finest detail; it even gives a reason for why happiness is spelt wrong in the title. Part of the reason the story is well told, is the real Chris Gardner was involved with the whole production, meaning the story could be as true to life as possible. He even makes a cameo appearance at the very end of the film.
The film is very inspiring, it not only provides valuable lessons, but is a 'feel good' film. It will no doubt change viewer's perspective on life, and challenge them, to challenge themselves.
The Pursuit Of Happyness Neil Baber
Great film - Will Smith shows in this true story what can be done by putting your mind to it. He depicts very well many of the problems, hardships and obstacles that Chris Gardner had to overcome in real life to become a stockbroker on Wall Street. Captivating and inspirational.
The Pursuit Of Happyness Vic Gour
Based on a true story this is one of the best films that I have seen. Top marks for Will Smith acting as Chris Gardner along with his Son. This film is truly as inspiration of a Man and Son who went through a lot of hardship. The Director (Gabriele Muccino) illustrated the reality and emotions of the life Chris Gardner. 10 out 10 for quality. Very well made film.
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