Saturday, March 24, 2012

Movie Reviews - The pursuit of Happiness Review

The pursuit of happiness (2006) is inspired by the struggles and real life story of "Chris Gardener". It is a biographical drama film based on Chris Gardener's nearly 1 year struggle with homelessness. The movie Stars "Will Smith" who shined once again with an absolutely challenging role. The best part is that he has starred alongside his 8 year old son "Jaden Smith". He turns into raw heart-breaking performance as a man who struggles to give his child the quality life that he could not have due to his lack of education, stubborn naysayers attitude and homelessness to become a rags-to-riches phenomenon.

Directed by "Gabriel Muccino", the film shows "Will Smith" as "Chris Gardener" an on and off homeless salesman turned stock broker.

The Storyline

Gardener (Smith) is a salesman with ample supply of bone density scanners collected during an ill-conceived investment plans that has yet to pay off. His girlfriend, Linda (Thandie Newton), is fed-up with having to work double shifts while he strolls around the town with these strange devices only to return by night-fall with a skinny wallet. Together, they have a son (jaden), who spends a lot of time in day care watching TV re-runs.

When financial problems start to increase, Linda decides that its time to go and leaves Gardener along with the child "Jaden". After this Smith (gardener), meets a manager for "Dean Witter" (stock brokerage firm), while trying to sell one of his bone density scanners. He impresses him by solving "Rubik's Cube" in a short cab ride. This new relationship with Dean witter manager earns him a chance to become an intern stockbroker. It is hard to believe that she leaves her child in the hands of a man who she deems to be a loser and its yet harder to believe that Chris Gardener would appear for an interview with that paint smeared face and land into a internship at a prestigious brokerage firm. The story revolves around the struggles of Gardener (smith), who finally completes the internship with flying colors and is offered a job in the prestigious stock-brokerage firm, Fighting back the tears, he rushes to his Son's (Jaden), day care and hugs him tightly. They walk down the street, joking with each other and are passed by a man dressed in a business suit (the real Chris Gardener in a cameo). The end Epilogue reveals how Chris Gardener went on to form his own multi-millionaire stock brokerage firm.


  • Will Smith as Chris Gardener.
  • Jaden Smith as Christopher Gardener jr.
  • Thandie Newton as Linda Gardener.
  • Brain Howe as Jay Twistle.
  • Dan Castellaneta as Allan Frakesh.
  • James Karen as Martin Frohm.
  • Kurt Fuller as Walter Ribbon.
Directed by Gabrielle Muccino.