Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness

Two things drew me to this movie...Will and Jayden Smith, who appeared on "Oprah" before I saw this movie and were such a joy to watch! This real-life father/son duo were even more of a joy to watch on the big screen, as the true love of Will toward his son was so evident it brought tears to everyone's eyes, especially the scene in the public restroom. This movie has a PG rating, but my entire family saw it, and there is no sex, language or violence, so it's a great movie for everyone. The movie also brings us back to center and helps us appreciate all the blessings in our lives that we may take for granted. This movie is based on a true story and centers around a bone density scanner salesman (Chris Gardner) who can never make enough money to make ends meet for his family and eventually gains custody of his son after his wife leaves him. Together they embark on a journey to remember, through homelessness, jail time and tax seisure, as he tries to complete a 6-month unpaid stockbroker internship that will hopefully land him a job that will lead them to "happyness" (when you see the movie you will find out why the word is misspelled!). I would definitely recommend this movie! Also, a bit of trivia regarding the movie: the homeless people working as extras in the movie were paid a full day's minimum wage ($8.62/hr in SF) and were given free catered meals as compensation for appearing in the film.
See Pursuit of Happyness at the Internet Movie Database

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