Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness

Overall Rating: Worth paying full price if you're rich, matinee if you're short on cash

Starring: Will Smith and Jaden Christopher Syre Smith

Note: Be forewarned! This plot description spoils the ending! Skip to the second paragraph if you don't want to find out what happens.

The movie is about Chris Gardner's (Will Smith) rise from poverty into affluence. At the start of the story, Chris is just trying to make ends meet (and failing miserably) so he can support his wife and son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith). The situation gets worse and soon his wife leaves him to care for their son alone. A chance encounter with a stock broker (and his fancy convertable) leaves him feeling that he should move into the stocks and bonds business. He applies for a competitive internship, actually gets it, and then finds out that the position isn't a paid one. He still takes the job, but because he is unable to pay rent, he and his son are stricken homeless. Luckily he has the drive and ambition to keep working for his dream and after an immense amount of work, he secures a salaried position with the company.

While the movie is predictable and a bit cheesy at times, both Will and Jaden Smith's performances make up for it in leaps and bounds. Their on screen chemistry is amazing (gee, almost like their related in real life or something) and their characters never seem unnatural or forced. The movie was heartwarming, a bit inspiring, and the perfect flick to see as a family during the holidays.

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