The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – 3.5/5

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

This was a well made, true story about Chris Gardner striving to keep his head above water and provide for his family. It’s an incredible story and the acting is really good.

It’s painful to watch and sad to think that he and his son went through so much. It’s even sadder to think about how close he came to not making it and how many thousands and thousands of people don’t make it.


I think the way they told this story is accurate and well done. However, from a film/movie/entertainment standpoint, it’s not much fun to watch. It’s 99% depressing/sad and you really sd know the outcome already so the “payoff” isn’t very rewarding.

Also, this might be a cynical point of view, but I kinda question his decision to put his family/son thru so much. I admire his determination and struggle, but it seems he cd have gotten a regular job and kept that suffering down a bit. Plus, if he hadn’t gotten the job at the end, that wd have been terrible. High risk.

I certainly don’t know the details, but based on what they told us thru the film, I’m not sure risking everything like that was the best way to go. But who am I?

Haiku summary

no job, no money
become broker, be happy
until then, sleep on bus

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