The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)


“[narrating] I met my father for the first time when I was 28 years old. I made up my mind that when I had children, my children were going to know who their father was.” – Christopher Gardner

Number of Times Seen – Three times (17 Jan 2007, Aug 2008 and 9 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A salesman struggles to support his wife and young son when he decides to apply for an internship that will help him achieve his dream.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing twice in leadership courses that I took years ago because the premise is quite relevant to the way one develops leadership quealities.

The story presented here is done really well and they allow us to get a clear feeling for the kind of journey that the main character must take here.

The story is enhanced by the performance of Will Smith who does a superb job here.

He was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his work here.

The story is based on a true story and they manage to create the characters in a very realistic fashion which helps the viewer care so much about what will happen to them.

We get a clear sense of who they are and what they are attempting to achieve.

This is a movie with a great message about creating goals and doing all that you can to achieve them especially when it seems that all hope is lost.

In these kind of circumstances, it’s very important to persevere through the very difficult times one is presented with and this film helps that message ring true again and again because it is quite impactful in the way that it tells this story.

Bottom Line – Great story that uis accentuated by the excellent performance by Smith in the title role. The characters are created quite realistically and we get a clear sense of who they are and what they want to achieve. The film has a great message about hope and perseverance even in the most difficult times of our lives and it rings true throughout.  Smith was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The homeless people, who worked as extras, received a full day’s pay at minimum wage ($8.62/hour) and free catered meals. For some, it was the first money they had made in a while. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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