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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?"
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…
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.
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.
"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…
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.
I loved this movie though I've only seen it a few times. I think it really gave you a pretty good look (maybe the Hollywood version but still) at what it really means to live paycheck to paycheck. I remember reading Nickle and Dimed and being shocked that people lived in hotels! How could they afford it? (How could they work two jobs and still not have enough to get an actual apartment)?
But then I'd try and budget out my part-time paycheck to pay for everything and it was always impossible. I feel like I've made a lot of bad choices solely based on food and shelter but at the same time, I always considered myself way luckier than…
I've made mention about my utter disdain for the other Muccino/Smith collaboration, the moribund suicide drama Seven Pounds. This first outing between the two doesn't come close to reaching the level of maudlin depravity of that film, but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement of this film either.
Tangentally related to the Oscar winning film Kramer vs. Kramer, but with an economic factor tossed in for good measure, The Pursuit of Happyness plays to its audience, bearing all the hallmarks of a feel-good, come-from-behind drama that certain audiences will lap up with a spoon. In fact it probably plays its role a little too well. Steven Conrad's script throws so many roadblocks into the character's way that it borderlines on…
Please stop making films Mr Smith.
The Pursuit of Happyness is always one of those movies that I know the story, I've seen clips from it, I just never saw it in its entirety. So when Netflix finally made it to my country and I saw this was on it, it was the first movie I clicked on.
So many moments ride the fine line between heartwarming and devastatingly heartbreaking. A homerun of a performance from Will Smith allows you to feel so much empathy for him, and such good chemistry with Jaden in this particular movie.
It's fair to say that in the major scene at the end of the movie, I blubbed up as if Rudy was taking the field for the first time, such an emotional finale, one line that really got me was:
"Was it as easy as it looked?"
"No sir, no it wasn't."
Really amazing movie, loved every second (Well aside from the weird voice Thandie Newton put on).
To watch again, if happens. Better than I thaught.
Douchebag father would rather make his son sleep in subway toilet than just get a job at McDonald's so they can afford permanent accommodation. F'd up priorities.
Very very inspiring and motivational movie.
One of my all time favourite movie. The first movie that made me really really sad and cry.
Disturbers of his harmony. Plural. Multiplied.
A - Alienated Wife
E - Economy
I - Invisible
O - Ousted
U - Unpaid
And sometimes Y - Yielding on account of his good character.
Interfered with at every turn, yet each "vowel" strengthens his resolve. My big takeaway from this story is, "What is the strength of my mettle and do I need to have my feet continually to the fire to find out? I don't want to go through what he did, but perhaps by observing and absorbing Chris Gardner's story, I can bypass some of the particulars and still learn the lessons. This is my resolve.
There are some voracious film watchers on Letterboxd with diverse tastes so I thought it would be interesting to see…
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