A Review of 'The Pursuit of Happyness'
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
In the cinematic tradition of Frank Capra, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino are giving filmgoers this year the perfect holiday gift.
It arrives in the form of a tender and thoroughly inspiring big-screen presentation called "The Pursuit of Happyness."
The movie is No. 1 in the nation and for good reason ($27 million in box office and climbing). It tells the true tale of a dad who despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles perseveres for the love of his son and magnitude of personal determination.
For decades now, Hollywood has presented business folks as vile. In a welcome change, this movie takes a fresh approach.
During one of his many low points, Gardner's wife leaves him, but he refuses to relinquish his 5-year-old boy, Christopher (played by Smith's real-life son Jaden).
In a poignant moment, Gardner tells his son that he should never let anyone tell him that a dream can't be realized. "Protect the dream," he says to his boy. "Then go out and get it."
Good advice for life and a "Happyness" ticket.
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