In the words of Thomas Jefferson, third president of USA in the 'Declaration of Independence', "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", the last words amused Chris Gardner very strongly. Why did he mention 'Pursuit of Happiness’ instead of 'Happiness'? How Jefferson knew?
Based on a true story, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) was a distressed salesman struggling hard to sell medical equipment to doctors who consider that machine useless, too costly and not worthy. Unpaid house rent, various bills, taxes, tickets and his only six years old son Christopher's (Jaden Christopher Smith) day care center fees were few of many monsters eating out happiness of Gardner family. One day some one at the street suggested him to work as stock broker if he was good with people and numbers but that too required six weeks internship without any pay or any assured job at the end of successful internship. As if this was not enough his wife left him cause of this struggled life. Now Gardner was alone with his dear son and his machines and a dream to pursue for a better life for two of them.
The internship passes through the worst conditions including being thrown out of his apartment then from motel or freezing his bank accounts by tax departments or spending night on the floor of a rest room of a metro station. There were no ups and downs in the life of Chris Gardner but only downs. Good news even turns out to be bad ones and there was no hope left. But Chris was determined as was his love for his son. He never stopped trying.
Real life father son duo showed best of their continuity on reel too. Their emotions and affection for each other shakes you strongly. And a dedicated pursuit by Gardner’s surely motivates.
A must watch movie. And if you are member of my club, watch the movie alone and keep a hankie within the reach.