Pursuit of Happyness

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The Pursuit for Happyness

Chris Gardener is a lower class man who invested in a failing product thinking that he would make it big. His girl friend Linda left him and their son Christopher after times got hard financially, and they were about to lose their house. He and his son were in and out of motels until they finally became homeless. On top of Chris’s already busy schedule, focusing on his unpaid internship to get a new job and his son. He now also has to worry about making it to the shelter so they can have a place to sleep. Now fighting to keep themselves alive it is a test of how bad he wants to make it. It is shown in The Pursuit of Happyness by Gabriele Muccino, the necessity to have a good job being African American in our society.

Released on Dec. 15, 2006 worldwide to theaters this movie became an instant box office success. Making 307,077,295 million dollars worldwide among 3,169 theaters. It received superb reviews.(boxofficemojo,1) For example, Todd Gilchrist writes for IGN “Smith gives the performance of his career in a movie for which phrases like "heart-warming" and "life-affirming" were made.”(rottentomatoes,1)

In our society we use a persons job as a way to judge them. In this movie Chris is competing with the average rich white man. Chris says “Why can’t I be so happy” as he sees a large amount of white business men leaving an office building with big smiles on their face. He sees a man in an expensive car and asks him “What do you do and how do you do it?”(The Pursuit of Happyness) the man tells him he’s a stock broker for a company in the building. This event told Chris, to be happy like the people entering and leaving this building he must have a good job that makes money.

Our culture constantly tells us, rich people are happy. This is not always true, but it is the rich people we see out in public displaying their happiness. You would not see a family with no money out at the movies having a presumable good time, as they...
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