Everybody needs to see especially the people in this world that take everything for granted, watch this movie, it will change you! From the opening scene to the end, I was so moved by the love that Will Smith has for his son. The editing and film shots were horrible, I think a High School student could have done better. I immediately forgot that I was watching Will Smith while watching this film, the desperateness in Chris Gardner's situation was present from the opening minutes. Nothing can deter this loving papa from lavishing affection and tenderness upon his son. Having lived through similar experiences, I cringed throughout this movie. Linda even reminded him to take care of the taxes, and Chris actively said he'd just keep filing extensions.
On the one hand, he was moved by his own troubled childhood to vow that he would be a good father to his children. He's supposed to be intelligent but he doesn't even appear to have a rudimentary grasp of how to manage his finances. By the end, I forgot I was watching Will Smith. Chris endures the unimaginable and still makes sure that not even the worst moments will have a bad effect on his son's life. This was best seen in the interview scene when Mr. He decides he wants to get an internship as a stockbroker for Dean Witter and, realizing that his resume looks weak, he sets out to meet the man in charge and say a few words on his own behalf.
Leaves you thinking about it for days!! The definition of happiness is subjective. It was also refreshing that Smith's character never blamed anybody for his troubles. Based on a true story and set in 1981 San Francisco, Pursuit begins as Chris Gardner and his wife, Linda , are having troubles. An understated yet incredibly powerful performance by Will Smith. But along his journey of being a salesman, their financial condition gets worse.
Keep up the good work! Even though he experienced how hard life can be he still pursued to reach his goals in his life for his son. Gardner is and what a trooper his son is. I think it might be boring a bit for any kids younger than that. Yet, despite its flaws, the movie still warms the heart thanks to Smith, whose natural, irrepressible likeability carries the movie through its more formulaic moments. Bright and ferociously determined, Chris easily slides into this fantastical world of shouting men, ringing phones, gleaming surfaces and benevolent bosses.
As with many rags-to-riches stories, the emphasis is on the grit and determination of the individual and not on the systemic issues that placed the individual in a seemingly impossible situation. It's taking an eternally optimistic guy just trying to scrape by and doing more than making things rough for him; it's kicking him in the crotch and spitting on him, and maybe humiliating him a little bit. What Chris wants is a better life for his family, his angry and overworked wife Linda , unconvincing with her brittle, bottled up range and his delectably cute five-year-old Christopher played by Smith's real-life son Jaden -- or, as he's loftily billed in the credits, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith. Chris' lack of funds means he's perpetually evading angry landlords who want back-rent from him. He becomes a hero and has to make a decision that can change his life. Is someone like that really going to be happy after he gets that? While Linda toils away at a laundromat, Chris drags each impractically pricey machine around like a millstone in hopes of finding a successful doctor unscathed enough by the current recession to afford one. The filmmakers are not messing around: Chris has it bad.
The movie's approach to race -- treating it as almost incidental -- worked for me. Perfect for a date, a night out with friends, or even with family. Far from proving the reality of the Horatio Alger myth it peddles, Chris Gardner's story is worth celebrating precisely because he managed to beat the odds stacked so high against him. This is a film about hard times and good times. In one scene when Chris is playing basketball with his son, he says he never made it as a basketball player and his son wouldn't make it either. What won't trip them up—and might even breathe new life into their own relationships—is Chris Gardner's powerful, passionate pursuit of the best life possible for his little boy. To be a successful stock broker you have to have one part used car salesmen and two parts attorney in you.
While the plot may remain a bit transparent, it leaves you asking the question of yourself - how long would you keep battling to get what you really want out of life? He takes his son along on job-related excursions and lies in front of him the kid looks appropriately skeptical when he hears it. Soon, father and son are homeless, staying in city shelters on good nights and in public restrooms on the worst. Both book and movie, however, have similar pros and cons. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. It's very funny at parts, but be prepared for some serious drama. He completely became his character.
On the most basic level, the pacing was off. The viewer becomes fully invested in the struggles of Chris Gardner and his son. He states the country has a wide economic gap between the poor and rich. So it is no surprise that The Pursuit of Happyness shows up just in time for the gift exchange. Chris is a role model exactly because he moves heaven and earth to be a good father to his son.
A great goal to have, of course. Through it all, the relationship between father and son is strengthened, sweetened and, even in the middle of dire circumstances, full of love and trust. This was best seen in the scene with Mr. Gardner tries to support Christopher, but money is always a problem. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.
There are undoubtedly two camps of people who watched this film: those who start to tear up at the very hint of a Very Special Movie, and those who rely a little on logic and, I dunno, sense; those who, that is, want the movie to work a little to earn tears, not the other way around. He goes along to get along, and when one of his bosses asks for money to pay for a cab, he quickly opens his wallet. James Karen is unintentionally amusing as the Great White Father to Smith's broker, needlessly upping the smarm factor. But in its own day, the statement was perhaps the most radical political statement ever delivered. . The 1981 San Francisco setting offers some nostalgic relief, with its retro public transportation ads and Rubik's Cube mania, but even the soundtrack is filled with the most maudlin of classic rock.