The Pursuit of HappYness

The Pursuit of HappYness

Re-Post on July 14th, 2007 by Patt.
Categories: Movies.

[Posted on May 2nd, 2007 by patt. Last Modified [Repost] on July 14th, 2007. Recovered from:]


I’ve just finished my latest dvd “The Pursuit of HappYness”, the winner of Outstanding Motion Picture last night.
The film takes some liberties of Christopher Gardner’s actual story.

The best quote for me:

Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something.
Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it.
When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it.
You want something, go get it. Period.

The unusual spelling of the film’s title comes from a sign Gardner saw when he was homeless. In the movie, “happyness” is misspelled outside the daycare facility Gardner’s son attends. The two discuss the misspelling and thus the name is purposely misspelled in the title of the movie.

Will Smith starred as Gardner, a salesman who’s struggling to make ends meet. And Smith’s son, Jaden Smith starred as Gardner’s son. The movie focused on Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle with homelessness and have to make ends meet.

Gardner actually makes a cameo appearance in the film. In the last scene he walks past Will and his son. Gardner and Will acknowledge each other; Will then looks back at Gardner walking away as his son proceeds to tell him knock knock jokes.

Christopher Gardner, he’s now a multimillionaire who’s assisting the poor in the very San Francisco neighborhood where this sobering story takes place. Giving back to the homeless shelters and getting notice out about hunger in our own cities, Chris Gardner is not only a success, he’s smart and thoughtful. If for no other reason than that, you should watch The Pursuit of Happyness.

This warm-hearted film of Gardner’s story inspired me to do something further more and never give up on my dreams. I hope it can inspire some of you too.


Seize the day!

:: Find more info about Christopher Gardner from Wikipedia here.
:: Read more reviews and see some extras from The Pursuit of HappYness here.

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