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Pursuit of Happiness

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March 18, 2012
The Pursuit of Happiness
"In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson mentions "the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." What did Thomas Jefferson mean by "the pursuit of happiness?" Is happiness something that one can pursue? Fortunately, the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness," reveals the answers to these questions through a touching story of how far one man goes to provide for his family. Recently I had the pleasure of viewing, "The Pursuit of Happiness," a film directed by Gabriele Muccino and also was handpicked by Will Smith to serve as the director of The Pursuit of Happiness and written by Steve Conrad, Muccino also directed Smith's later film, Seven Pounds. The film has been available since December 15, 2006, so I was able to view it from the comforts of my own home. The movie has a PG-13 rating due to some mild language and violence, but I think it could have been borderline PG. The main character, Chris Gardner, is played by actor Will Smith, who has also starred in many other blockbuster hits such as "Bad Boys One” and “Bad Boys Two”," "Hancock," "Men in Black One and Men in Black Two" "I am Legend “and” I-Robot". In addition, the movie casts Will Smith's son Jaden Smith, who plays the son that Chris vows to take care of. Inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, this movie drama depicts a man who relentlessly struggles to support his family. After losing his wife and home, Chris endlessly pursues happiness. Will Chris rise from destitution to riches? The movie, is just shy of two hours long, takes place in San-Francisco during the year 1981. Chris, a struggling salesman, tries to support his family but is not having much success in doing that. He attempts to make things better, but they always end up worse. His wife finally cracks and leaves, taking their son with her. Chris's son means more to him than anything in the world, which is why his wife decides to let their son stay with him. One day while...

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