Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)


This film has more pure heart than I have seen in a long time, it is not a love story between a man and a woman, but rather that between a father and a son. “The pursuit of happyness” is a total must see movie!
This is the first time I have seen Will Smith portray the underdog, casting off the cocky, arrogant, super cool, super slick character tat he is so over prone to portraying. Instead Will Smith plays a father; at the end of his rope, desperate and destitute, only the love of his son, and his need to provide for his son, driving him to find his place in the world and provide the life that we wishes for his son and for himself.
I really recommend this film to anybody and everybody, though I feel that it will most appreciated by parents or people who have hit bottom and fought their way back.

The Plot:

Chris Gardner has big dreams for him and his family but it doesn't seem to come together for him. Chris has an opportunity to be a stock broker but first he has to go through a grueling internship which means no pay. Chris decides to do it but when his wife leaves and he is evicted, he has to take care of his son on his own. So they find themselves sometimes living on the street and struggling to get by. But Chris is determined to make it.


Will Smith...Chris Gardner

Jaden Smith...Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)

Thandie Newton...Linda

Brian Howe...Jay Twistle

James Karen...Martin Frohm

Dan Castellaneta...Alan Frakesh

Kurt Fuller...Walter Ribbon

Takayo Fischer...Mrs. Chu

Kevin West...World's Greatest Dad

George Cheung...Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)

David Michael Silverman...Doctor at First Hospital

Domenic Bove...Tim Ribbon

Geoff Callan...Ferrari Owner

Joyful Raven...Hippie Girl

Scott Klace...Tim Brophy



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