The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

20180227, 20180228:
While I can't remember if I've seen this movie once or twice before, it's a movie that I remembered enjoying. Watching it again today,I could sense some of the movie's weaknesses, but was willing to overlook them based on the range of emotions which the movie conveyed.

Chris Gardner (Will Smith)

Overall, I enjoy the movie for what it has to offer. For those who enjoy drama and are in the mood to feel emotional, this movie hits the spot.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 95% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.

Instant Comments:
Hehe. The "Y." 4 min 33 seconds into the movie.
"Is 'fuck' spelled right?"

Linda (Thandie Newton)

I forgot this part: "running."
[Watched first 20 minutes]
"Whatever, I don't care." It felt so caustic.
Emphasis on "pursuit of happiness" in Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.
All those numbers.


The sequence of events was so tense. The tension conveyed from the inability to pay. Followed by a chase. And then losing the device. (A little tension broken with the "time machine" homeless guy.) Moments later to be followed by...
"He must have had on some really nice pants."
I got a bit teary eyed. And it struck me as weird. Somehow the contrast between his change in ideals was moving:
"Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me. All right?"
"All right."

Chris's son Christopher (Jaden Smith)

"You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period."
Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said "Do you need help?" and the man said "God will save me". Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said "God will save me", then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, "God, why didn't you save me?" and God said "I sent you two boats, you dummy!"
I think part of why I enjoyed this film was all the emotion captured such as fear, anger, and sadness.

Jay Twistle (left, Brian Howe) and Martin Frohm (right, James Karen)

The amount of frustration which comes from the emotion as well.
Wow. $5. And the look on his face after lending it.

Watched at least once before.
Watched first twenty minutes 20180227, remaining 20180228 (Netflix, Instant)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Gabriele Muccino. 117 min [bot memoir otsn by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe]

Christopher and Chris

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