History Film / ThePursuitOfHappyness

5th Nov '17 2:55:08 AM 3rdStringPG
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* TraumaCongaLine: The film acts as such for Chris Gardner. He starts with a dead-end job selling overpriced medical equipment and a wife who practically despises him. His son doesn't learn much because of the incompetence of the cheap daycare center. Then his equipment gets stolen twice once by a busking hippie girl, then by a mentally-unstable hobo who thinks he got himself a time machine. (It doesn't help that the machine isn't working when Chris gets it back from the hobo.) His wife leaves him, the cops bust him while painting his house for nonpayment of parking tickets, forcing him to attend his job interview in a dumpy jacket and tank top stained with white paint, he and Christopher Jr. are rendered homeless twice over when they can't pay the rent, and in between those events, he earns the ire of a cab driver (because he was too broke to pay the fare) and a motorist (who struck him while he was chasing the "time machine"-stealing hobo). [[spoiler:In the end, however, everything works out for Chris and his son.]]

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* TraumaCongaLine: The film acts as such for Chris Gardner. He starts with a dead-end job selling overpriced medical equipment and a wife who practically despises him. His son doesn't learn much because of the incompetence of the cheap daycare center. Then his equipment gets stolen twice once by a busking hippie girl, then by a mentally-unstable hobo who thinks he got himself a time machine. (It doesn't help that the machine isn't working when Chris gets it back from the hobo.) His wife leaves him, the cops bust him while painting his house for nonpayment of parking tickets, forcing him to attend his job interview in a dumpy jacket and tank top stained with white paint, he and Christopher Jr. are rendered homeless twice over when they can't pay the rent, and in between those events, he earns the ire of a cab driver (because he was too broke to pay the fare) and a motorist (who struck him while he was chasing the "time machine"-stealing hobo). Also, you've got Wayne turning out to be a fair-weather friend, and Chris losing his car at some point in the movie. [[spoiler:In the end, however, everything works out for Chris and his son.]]
5th Nov '17 2:53:33 AM 3rdStringPG
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* [[TheFilmOfTheSeries The Film Of The Meme]]: One can say this is like ''Bad Luck Brian, The Movie'', albeit played almost exclusively for drama. Luck is simply not on Chris' side for 95 percent of the film, but determination definitely is.



* TraumaCongaLine: The film acts as such for Chris Gardner. He starts with a dead-end job selling overpriced medical equipment and a wife who practically despises him. His son doesn't learn much because of the incompetence of the cheap daycare center. Then his equipment gets stolen twice once by a busking hippie girl, then by a mentally-unstable hobo who thinks he got himself a time machine. (It doesn't help that the machine isn't working when Chris gets it back from the hobo.) His wife leaves him, the cops bust him while painting his house for nonpayment of parking tickets, forcing him to attend his job interview in a dumpy jacket and tank top stained with white paint, he and Christopher Jr. are rendered homeless when they can't pay the rent, and in between those events, he earns the ire of a cab driver (because he was too broke to pay the fare) and a motorist (who struck him while he was chasing the "time machine"-stealing hobo). [[spoiler:In the end, however, everything works out for Chris and his son.]]

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* TraumaCongaLine: The film acts as such for Chris Gardner. He starts with a dead-end job selling overpriced medical equipment and a wife who practically despises him. His son doesn't learn much because of the incompetence of the cheap daycare center. Then his equipment gets stolen twice once by a busking hippie girl, then by a mentally-unstable hobo who thinks he got himself a time machine. (It doesn't help that the machine isn't working when Chris gets it back from the hobo.) His wife leaves him, the cops bust him while painting his house for nonpayment of parking tickets, forcing him to attend his job interview in a dumpy jacket and tank top stained with white paint, he and Christopher Jr. are rendered homeless twice over when they can't pay the rent, and in between those events, he earns the ire of a cab driver (because he was too broke to pay the fare) and a motorist (who struck him while he was chasing the "time machine"-stealing hobo). [[spoiler:In the end, however, everything works out for Chris and his son.]]
5th Nov '17 2:50:20 AM 3rdStringPG
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* TraumaCongaLine: The film acts as such for Chris Gardner. He starts with a dead-end job selling overpriced medical equipment and a wife who practically despises him. His son doesn't learn much because of the incompetence of the cheap daycare center. Then his equipment gets stolen twice once by a busking hippie girl, then by a mentally-unstable hobo who thinks he got himself a time machine. (It doesn't help that the machine isn't working when Chris gets it back from the hobo.) His wife leaves him, the cops bust him while painting his house for nonpayment of parking tickets, forcing him to attend his job interview in a dumpy jacket and tank top stained with white paint, he and Christopher Jr. are rendered homeless when they can't pay the rent, and in between those events, he earns the ire of a cab driver (because he was too broke to pay the fare) and a motorist (who struck him while he was chasing the "time machine"-stealing hobo). [[spoiler:In the end, however, everything works out for Chris and his son.]]
5th Nov '17 2:43:24 AM 3rdStringPG
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* ShoutOut: Dan Castellaneta's character Alan Frakesh asks for a donut in one of the office scenes, which may be an allusion to his [[Characters/TheSimpsonsHomerJaySimpson most famous role]].
29th Oct '17 3:23:13 PM EfficaciousTown
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* {{Symbolism}}: Chris refers to the beach as a place to get "far away from anything [and] everything". In the final scene, [[spoiler:the ocean is seen again for the last time, and Chris and his son are seen walking in its direction.]]

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* {{Symbolism}}: Chris refers to the beach as a place to get escape to, "far away from anything [and] everything". In the final scene, [[spoiler:the ocean is seen again for the last second time, and Chris and his son are seen walking in its direction.direction. Harmony is reestablished in their lives as they make a symbolic return to peace.]]
29th Oct '17 2:12:57 PM EfficaciousTown
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* {{Symbolism}}: Chris refers to the beach as a place to get "far away from anything [and] everything". In the final scene, [[spoiler:the ocean is seen again for the last time, and Chris and his son are seen walking in its direction.]]
12th Aug '17 8:38:10 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DaycareNightmare: Gardner has to leave his son at a daycare while he desperately tries to make ends meet for his family. However, he becomes increasingly displeased with the service because the children seem to receive no education at all, have to watch TV the whole day, and a mural outside the daycare spells "Happyness" rather than "Happiness", thus giving us the movie title.



* DaycareNightmare: Gardner has to leave his son at a daycare while he desperately tries to make ends meet for his family. However, he becomes increasingly displeased with the service because the children seem to receive no education at all, have to watch TV the whole day, and a mural outside the daycare spells "Happyness" rather than "Happiness", thus giving us the movie title.
9th Jun '17 10:13:59 PM nombretomado
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''The Pursuit Of Happyness'' is a 2006 [[TruthInTelevision biographical film]] [[{{Biopic}} based on the life of Chris Gardner]], a [[SelfMadeMan self made millionaire]] played by {{Will Smith}}.

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''The Pursuit Of Happyness'' is a 2006 [[TruthInTelevision biographical film]] [[{{Biopic}} based on the life of Chris Gardner]], a [[SelfMadeMan self made millionaire]] played by {{Will Creator/{{Will Smith}}.
29th Oct '16 12:50:15 PM axle-k89
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* TitleDrop: This line from one of Chris's narrations (which, unlike the title, which gets its incorrect spelling from a daycare mural, spells "happiness" correctly): "It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
29th Oct '16 3:53:55 AM axle-k89
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* HateSink: The film has NoAntagonist, apart from quite possibly the enormous struggle that Chris has to go through over the course of the film in order to give Christopher a good life. So we have Linda, Chris's {{Jerkass}} wife [[ItsAllAboutMe who only seems to think about herself]], offers no support to Chris when he needs it, and [[TakingTheKids threatens to leave and take Christopher with her]]. Understandably, when Chris finds her after that one, he is furious with her and tells her to "get the fuck out of here". Then she leaves for New York, but agrees to leave Christopher with Chris, which is possibly the only decent thing we see her do.
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