NAME: IZZUL SYAZWAN
ID NUMBER: 53276112044
The Pursuit of Happyness, set in 1981, is inspired by the real life story of underdog Chris Gardner, who rose from being homeless to become a stock market tycoon. Smith is an inspired choice to play this come-from-behind hero. His natural charm and energy are perfect for playing the part of a natural born salesman who relies on likeability and hustle to promote his products and himself. But this is also a departure for Smith. Gone is the buff body of Ali and the Men in Black swagger. Instead, he sports an 80's afro, tinged with grey, and the lines on his face and smaller physique reflect a man worn down by disappointment and the day-to-day grind of life. He makes a believable and endearing everyman. Gardner and his wife, Linda (Thandie Newton), have sunk their savings into a truckload of high-tech bone density scanners, which he plans to sell to the San Francisco healthcare community. Unfortunately, the scanners turn out to be an expensive luxury for most hospitals, and they become literal and symbolic millstones, gathering dust and dragging their finances downward. As Gardner lugs his scanners from one unsuccessful sales call to another, Linda works double shifts at a seedy laundry. Their situation becomes increasingly desperate and tempers flair. Their five-year-old son, Christopher (Smith's real-life son, Jaden), is caught in the middle.
As he drops Christopher off at his budget daycare, he's angered by all the graffiti outside the building. The scrawled, misspelled word "happyness" haunts him and fills him withestions. What is happiness? Will financial success bring it? Or is Christopher's well-being all he needs to find happiness? Is happiness something we can only chase, but never catch? Gardener is determined to build a better life for himself and his son, and a glimmer of hope arrives when he's accepted for a competitive—but nonpaying—internship at an investment firm. Months behind on the rent...
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