The Pursuit of Happyness
January 3, 2007 5:27am CST
If you've ever been poor, this movie may be hard to watch. It depicts poverty in America in gut wrenchingly accurate ways. I've been as poor as Chris Gardner, and, like him, Chris Gardner is a loving father and failing businessman. He is chosen for a competitive internship at Dean Witter, a stock brokerage. The internship, which offers Chris a very long shot at a better life, doesn't pay any salary. Chris has to live without a salary for six months while risking just about everything for that long shot gamble. The movie is very accurate, but painful to watch. I hope a lot of rich people, who think that they understand poverty, see it. This movie will be politically controversial. First of all, it doesn't touch the race issue with a ten foot pole. For example, when Chris appears to stiff a taxi driver for fare (it was really the rich white guy who failed to pay), the taxi driver never uses the "n" word. In real life, I think he probably would have.
3 Jan 07
Poverty in America is being poor in the midst of plenty. What I mean is you have multiple opportunities to make it in America, though one may not really like to wash dishes to start with. But in India, the poverty is really bad, because the employment opportunities are very few, especially in the rural areas. It is gut wrenching to see people struggle for one square meal a day...
3 Jan 07
Ive heard good things about the movie and that WIll Smith is really good.I will watch it for sure. I applaude people who struggled in poverty and overcome the odds agaisnt them.I think people like Chris Gardner are inspirations to many and a testament on the spirit of a person to survive.