The Pursuit of HappYness

I do not usually watch DVD simply because there are better things to do.  But this one caught my attention because it is based on the inspirational true story of Chris Gardner, a legendary figure in Wall Street.  Being a stockbroker previously, I could not help but to cast my eye on him.


Will Smith starred a San Francisco salesman who was struggling to make ends meet.  When his girlfriend walked out, Chris was left to raise their 5-year-old son, Christopher, on his own.  Chris' determination finally paid off when he landed an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbrokering-training programme for 6 months, where only 1 in 20 interns would make the cut.

Without any salary, Chris & his son were evicted from their apartment & were forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters & even behind locked doors of a metro station bathroom.

With love & trust of his son, Chris Gardner rose above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.


"The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, & turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, 1 foot in front of the other, the voices of fear & shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn't good enough, would be stilled." - Chris Gardner

It is a very touching movie.  I watched this movie with AJ & he seems to enjoy it too. 

Will Smith, who starred Chris Gardner, had probably performed 1 of his most touching performances in this movie.  & with his son Jaden Smith who starred as Christopher, there is little doubt about the chemistry that both had.

The life story was first told through this book, then made into movie.  For his son, this man will reach for the impossible.  There was only 1 thing that held him through - his commitment to his son.  If you have the time, you could read his book too.

I am moved, I am really moved.  The love of the father in times of poverty struck me real hard.  There was no giving up, there was no venting of anger.  In difficult time like this, this father took all upon himself.  Such was his love for him.


What makes up a good parent?  Ultimately, it is what your child acknowledged ~
Christopher: "You're a good papa."

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