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The Pursuit of Happyness
Inspired by True Events
Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner, who has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". However, the devices do not sell as they are just marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tries to figure out how to sell them, his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job; he takes on a job as a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices.
" It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?"
I have lost count of how many times I have seen this film. But, no matter how many times I see it, the scene when Will Smith claps his hands in uncontrollable happiness always brings tears. Tears of happiness. This film makes me happy in a heavy sort of way and gives me ultimate satisfaction. But, it can always be only a pursuit? Can't we ever actually have it ? This is an eternal question.
Gabriele Muccino's emotional drama the pursuit of happiness was a film made before will smith and jaden smiths careers started going down hill the story is about a poor family left by there mum/wife who are low on there rent and there only way to afford a life is to sell there scanners and for Chris gardener to get a job as a stoke broker and this film is brilliant I want to get my flaws out of the way now so I can just start praising it, the film has too much melodrama but it works there's just to much of it and I couldn't watch this film over and over again I will watch it a bit more…
The Pursuit of Happyness is a potential disaster that didn't take the easy way out and flop. It fought and fought and even made me root for Chris Gardner from the get-go! The narration was a bit tacky but not too troublesome. Jaden leaves much to be desired but since he's just a little tot I guess I'll let it slide. I liked this movie way more than I should have. I'm not ashamed! But any movie shown in Theology in comparison to God's Not Dead is a success at this point...how sad.
This has to be rated up there as one of Will Smith's best performances, pairing perfectly with his son, Jaden Smith. It's the kind of film that leaves you at the end of the credits wanting to be a better person.
"Happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. "
The movie is about a family struggling through poverty and how the father tries to change it. The whole movie is just filled with struggle to achieve happiness, hence the name. And the struggle sure has its TOUGH moments. Since the movie portrays this in a great way, those moments really does make you GO ALL FEELSY.
Will Smith was great in this. Movies like these tell you that he sure can do amazing acting, something other than his usual tough guy gangsta routine. There were scenes in this movie where you can't but admire the man's acting. And because of that, you…
The Pursuit of Happyness is cliched, emotionally manipulative and over dramatic. And I fall for it every time.
Will Smith doesn't play "Will Smith" - well thats the premise, and he grows a moustache to prove it. An over-long movie that is clearly Oscar bait but doesn't hit anywhere near the heights the makers probably believed. Also let down by how much dramatic license they deployed compared to the real life protagonist.
This has to be one of the most underrated movies of the 21st century. This is not just the usual Will Smith archetype: a saint and fountain of wisdom that is also a total badass who never loses hand-to-hand combat sequences. This movie is Smith's best work in my opinion and was best fit for his skill set as an actor. I think everyone who watched this was able to see parts of their own father in Will Smith's character and that made this movie all the more powerful.
Regardless of your background, I can guarantee that you would run through a god damn brick wall by the end of this movie from pure adrenaline and inspiration.
Watch this movie, you'll make mental references back to it your entire life.
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In The Pursuit Of Happyness is beautiful film that will almost leave you in tears. Will Smith plays, salesman Chris Gardner who encounters a great financial struggle, becoming homeless. Will Smith gives an excellent performance, his most magnificent to date, in 'The Pursuit of Happyness.'
”Hey. 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 wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something’, go get it. Period.” – The Pursuit Of Happyness
Against all odds, I found this movie to be moderately enjoyable in spite of its predictability and cloying soundtrack. I even found myself engaged and amused by the banter between Father and Son Smith. Maybe it's because I watched it after The Help, and anything seems better after The Help.
Will Smith is solid in this, so i guess it's got something going for it.
Not much else though.
"The Pursuit of Happyness" is a deeply rich and emotionally powerful film that resonates so incredibly within it's themes and messages. Anchored by a wonderfully captivating Will Smith in the lead role.
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