The Pursuit of Happyness: A Tale of Courage in the face of Adversity

Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness

“Don’t let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. Alright?”

Chris Gardner says this to his four-year-old toddler when he struggles to score a basket while playing with his dad.

The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the real-life story of financial broker Chris Gardner. The movie revolves around the then salesman Gardner, who spends all his life savings to buy “bone-density scanners” which were supposed to be one step ahead of the traditional X-Ray.

Chris faces problems while he attempts to sell the scanners to doctors- who are skeptical about investing their money in a device they haven’t heard of. He struggles to make ends meet while being broke. He experiences several personal setbacks as he deals with his crumbling marriage, homelessness, and the responsibility of his four-year-old son Chris Jr.

The movie is a roller-coaster of emotions where the viewers get to experience the smallest of emotions that Chris Gardner goes through. Viewers experience his helplessness, his desperation, his failures, and his struggle to get back up. Viewers find themselves smiling as they see Chris Gardner celebrate small wins with his son.

One particularly heartbreaking, yet endearing moment in the film is when Chris is forced to evacuate his house, and the motel he’s staying in due to his inability to pay the rent. His voice breaks as he incessantly tries to console his son who wants to go home. To distract his son, he asks him on a stranded train platform: “Can you see the dinosaurs?”, and spends the night in the restroom of the train station.

Will Smith plays the role of Chris Gardner with conviction. He wins the audience over with his witty comebacks as he interns with a leading financial brokerage firm in San Francisco. With just $22 in his pocket, he strives hard to get selected for the permanent employee’s position after the internship.

The Pursuit of Happyness is a slice-of-life film that talks about hard work, grit, and above all, love. The love for one’s dreams. The love for one’s family. Watch the film once, I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

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Alankrita Lakshmi

Alankrita Lakshmi

Solopreneur, writer and digital marketer.

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