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The Pursuit of Happyness Essay

In 1981 San Francisco, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) invests his entire life savings in portable bone-density scanners which he demonstrates to doctors and pitches as a handy quantum leap over standard X-rays. While he is able to sell most of them, the time lag between the sales and his growing financial demands enrage his already bitter and alienated wife Linda (Thandie Newton), who eventually leaves him and moves to New York. After Linda bluntly says she is incapable of being a single mother, she agrees that their son Christopher (Jaden Smith) will remain with his father.

While downtown trying to sell one of the scanners, Chris meets Jay Twistle (Brian Howe), a manager for Dean Witter and impresses him by solving a Rubik’s Cube during a short cab ride. Chris does not have enough money for the cab fare and flees into a subway station where he barely escapes the angry cab driver who is chasing him but loses one of his bone scanners in the process. This new relationship with Twistle earns him the chance to become an intern stockbroker, employee.

Despite arriving at his new office unkempt and shabbily dressed due to being arrested the previous day for unpaid parking tickets (and having had to paint his apartment, as his landlord grudgingly says he will give Chris and his son a little more time living there if they get the place ready for an incoming tenant before they depart), Chris is offered the internship. Chris is further set back when his bank account is garnished by the IRS for unpaid income taxes, and he and his young son are evicted. Chris becomes broke and has less than thirty dollars in his bank account. As a result they are homeless, and are forced at one point to stay in a restroom at a subway station. Motivation drives him to find the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, which has a homeless shelter for single mothers and their children.

The church’s owner will not allow him to stay there and Chris will not agree to leave Christopher there alone, although she tells him about a local church that also provides shelter, but has very limited space. Due to demand for the limited rooms, Chris must frantically race from his internship work early each afternoon in order to land a place in line. Chris finds the bone scanner that he lost in the subway station from a demented man who had been carrying it around, believing it to be a time machine, and the scanner is now damaged, but Chris finally repairs it and is able to sell it.

Disadvantaged by his limited work hours, and knowing that maximizing his client contacts and profits is the only way to earn the one paid position that he and his 19 competitors are fighting for, Chris develops a number of ways to make phone sales calls more efficiently. He also reaches out to potential high value customers, defying protocol. One sympathetic prospect who is a top-level pension fund manager even takes him and his son to a San Francisco 49ers game. Regardless of his challenges, Chris never reveals his lowly circumstances to his co-workers, even going so far as to lend one of his bosses five dollars for a cab, a sum he can’t afford. Concluding his internship, Chris is called into a meeting with his managers.

One of them notes he is wearing a new shirt—and then smiles and says he should wear it again tomorrow, letting him know he has won the coveted full-time position. Fighting back tears, he rushes to his son’s daycare, hugging him. They walk down the street, joking with each other and are passed by a man in a business suit (the real Chris Gardner in a cameo appearance). The epilogue reveals that Chris went on to become a successful man and to form his own multi-million dollar brokerage firm.


Through the movie “The pursuit of happyness” I have learned to wonder and think about how to pursue happiness in life. The movie recorded the life of Chris Gardner and his determination on achieving and pursuing the happiness. By facing many difficulties in life he finally overcome all his obstacles and challenges and become a successful business man.

When I am watching this movie, three points in this movie I have noted were; a father will do everything for his children in order to give them comfort and shelter, if we have a dream we have to dream for it and never give up on reaching it, and don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something to reach all of it. First of all, every father will always try his best in order to bring a better life for his children. Mostly though, when thinking of the people that influenced me most as a person, I think immediately of my deceased father. He had a huge impact on my life even he’s gone. I can remember all
the things that he did and does for us.

My dad helps me to recognize that we can do everything if we have education and I also still remember when he told me to reach out all the dreams I have in life even in a single opportunity. It’s so difficult to live without a father in a house probably most in life. Another point in this movie gives us the message that if we have a dream we must defend and try to achieve it. In our life, everyone has a different dream, and the way people pursue it is different. Some people can be successful with their dream. Others may lose their dream if they don’t have enough desire and patience. Our dream will never succeed if we don’t know how to make a plan in order to get it.

The last reaction I feel from this movie is never let somebody tell us that we can’t do something. Never let anybody demote you from your perseverance and determination on reaching out your dreams, never let anybody ruin your plans and be a hindrance to your success. If someone says that we can’t do something, it means that they can’t do it, and they just wanted us to feel it the same as how they feel it and they don’t want us to have it. It was extremely great message. If we are scared, and we don’t know how to work out with a difficulty in life, we will never attain happiness and success. Happiness and success don’t run across to us. We need to keep on and do our best with our work to get them.

All in all, the movie hands down the message that everyone can be successful if they know how to protect and follow their dream. It also reminds us that all parents love and do everything for their children. However, success can come to us when we know how to deal and work out all problems and challenges in our life.



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