Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe
“The Pursuit of Happyness” is a biographical account of the protagonist’s relentless struggle to survive uncompromising situations of life. The film is entirely based on Chris Gardner’s memoirs The Pursuit of Happyness. Nevertheless, the film is more inspiring than inspired owing to the pragmatic approach to circumstances and the realistic portrayal of the characters which makes the film more than the quintessential rags-to-riches fantasy.
Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a struggling salesman, supports his family trying to sell the portable bone-density scanners. However, his efforts turn futile as doctors consider it an expensive luxury. The financial pressures force his wife Linda (Thandie Newton) to abandon her family. Chris is then left alone to care for their young son Christopher (Jaden Smith).
Financially burdened Gardener is fiercely determined to build a better life for himself and his son and a glimmer of hope arrives when he is chosen for an internship as a stock broker, but the six month position does not pay and Chris is on the brink of financial ruin. Chris takes up the position and juggles the internship, medical sales job, and caring for his son. They end up being evicted and sleeping in various places like the church, or train or even in a public toilet. The movie then focuses on how Chris breaks away from the chasm that threatens to engulf his life and ultimately manages to strike gold.
Go for it
His final success is an inspiring testimony of the determination of a human mind, especially for the sake of someone you love. In one particular stirring scene, Chris advises his son, “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” Now, should I say more? Go watch the movie and get inspired.
J. SHRUTHI, XI, Zion MHSS, Selaiyur
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