6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic tale about pursuing your dreams in the face of incredible odds...,
This review is from: The Pursuit of Happyness (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a struggling young father who choses to take a financial internship in the hopes of landing a solid job. The trouble is, there's only a miniscule chance of that -- Gardner is competing with dozens of other hopefuls, among whom only one will be selected to stay with the firm.
To compound matters, Gardner's wife has just left him, sick of the couple's financial woes. He has custody of their young son Christopher, which brings him comfort -- and panic, when he is evicted from his apartment and ends up homeless. Gardner quickly learns that there aren't many resources for homeless fathers in 1980s California -- there are shelters for men, and shelters for women and children. No one seems to care about single fathers.
Nonetheless, Gardner does his best to hold onto Christopher, convinced that their luck will turn as soon as he's able to complete his internship and land the job. He's also determined not to let anyone know his circumstances, studying in the shelter by the light from outside, and taking care to appear in fresh, clean suits every day.
In the light of many movies today -- violent, stupid-funny, or a just plain waste of $10 and 90 minutes -- "The Pursuit of Happyness" was a wonderful treat! Smith is a talented actor, portraying the true story of a man facing horrific odds who refused to give up. We can all use a little inspiration like that.