Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "bone density scanner". He feels like he has it made selling these devices. However, they do not sell well as they are marginally better than x-ray at a much higher price. As Gardner works to make ends meet, his wife leaves him and he loses his apartment. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner continues to sell bone density scanners while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker, with slim chances for advancement to a paid position. Before he can receive pay, he needs to outshine the competition through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices to stay afloat.Written by
John Wiggins, Alf Fonz
When Chris (Will Smith) tells Jay (Brian Howe) that he'll let him know if he's going to accept the internship position, there is a VERY subtle reference to "Men In Black." When Agent J (Smith) asks Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) if it's worth it to accept the job, Agent K turns back over the wrong shoulder and points at Agent J. The exact same thing happens in "The Pursuit of Happyness." Smith is deciding if he is going to take the job, and Howe turns back over the wrong shoulder and points at him. See more »
When Smith purchases a new lamp for the scanner and is on the bus, he holds it up to the camera and shows it to be a Xenon tube, the sort used for strobe lights and camera flash. Later on after he repairs the scanner and switches it on, it shows as continuously illuminated. This type of lamp is a high speed discharge lamp that can only flash and lighting it continuously would melt it in seconds. See more »
[last narration lines, while walking in the crowd and crying]
This part of my life... this part right here? This is called "happyness."
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I was involved with one of the first test audiences almost a year ago, and came away quite impressed with the acting performances and heartfelt punch of Pursuit of Happiness. This is easily one of Smith's best films, as he pours his heart and soul into the main character. While the plot may remain a bit transparent, it leaves you asking the question of yourself - how long would you keep battling to get what you really want out of life? I plan on seeing the film again when it releases to the general public, and am very interested to see what changes were made after running it through the test screenings. As I saw it then, it needed very few, if any, changes.
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