1. Any film featuring a character named 'May'
2. A Scandinavian teen/coming of age film
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…
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.
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.
Film #5 in the February 2016 Scavenger Hunt!
Task #5 - A film featuring a parent-child duo
Ah, yes, The Pursuit of Happyness, one of those films were you watch it, you enjoy it, and then you never want to watch it again. You get in, you get out, and you forget about it after a month.
The film's got some good performances, including an Oscar-nominated performance from Will Smith (#OscarsSoWhite, just kidding), and a commendable performance from little Jaden. It's also fairly intriguing, with some good writing. But Will does make some dumb decisions, like yelling at the person he's chasing. But I guess as long as he acknowledges he's dumb, it's OK!
I don't have much else to say, if this looks like a film you'll enjoy, then give it a shot.
I think it's pretty easy to root for a protagonist who is:
*Working really, really hard for something
*Can't afford to fail -back against the wall
A genuinely touching and thoughtful movie about individual struggle, and the relationship between father and son. The acting by the Smith duo was amazing, and at times I felt myself smiling instinctively. This film didn't have any outstanding moments of music, or any beautiful scenes (artistically), but that is because it is focusing on the characters. The true-to-life characterisation of many of its characters, as well as the underlying tensions linking them to each other make 'The Pursuit of Happyness' something special. A great movie to watch if you want to feel good, and a brilliant film to watch with your dad (if you like him).
"There were three blank lines after high school to list more education. I didn't need that many lines."
I understand the reasoning behind it, but I really hate that happiness is spelled incorrectly in the title. It bothers me just like the misspelling of cemetery in Pet Sematary. I know, both have their reasoning, but it still bugs me. Beyond that minor qualm though, this is a fantastic movie. The story is so genuine and moving. Even though there are uplifting and even comedic moments, this is just such a rough watch. It's uncomfortable to see the struggles, so I can only watch this one every handful of years.
Probably my favorite thing about this movie is the Rubik's Cube…
"The Pursuit of Happyness is one of the best movies of the year of 2006".
Based on a True Story of a father and his son trying to get closer to each other and have a good bong. Will Smith's heartfelt performance was so amazing. The directing Gabriele Muccino is perfection. And Score and effects are good. A must see movie!!!
Very nice storyline.
What a great ride. Highs and lows, tears and laughs. Both Smiths brought their A-Game. Ironically enough, its shows the hell they go through, all the poverty and shit America was 30 years ago (and maybe still is). But this is a story as patriotic and american as they come, Rags to Riches all the way, feelgood as hell.
I do find it kind of odd though, that Will Smith has to intern for 6 months without pay to "Maybe" become a broker, whilst Charlie Sheen, Leo DiCaprio and Giovanni Ribisi all get payed from day one in their respective movies. Is this racist? Or just a realistic depiction of how it actually would have gone down?
Im going for the latter.
1. Any film featuring a character named 'May'
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Link to this month's challenge: letterboxd.com/moxleyox/list/scavenger-hunt-14-may-2016/