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->''"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. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?"''
-->--'''Christopher Gardner''', ''The Pursuit of Happyness''

''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}}.

Gardner invests the family savings in a new type of bone density scanner which is more expensive but with clearer imaging. This investment ultimately causes troubles between himself and his wife, causing her to leave him with their young son, Christopher (played by Smith's real life son, Jaden). Gardner then gets a 6-month, unpaid internship at Dean Witter, a brokerage firm.

The 'unpaid' part makes life very difficult. It's not long before Gardner and his son are homeless, and have to rely on each other to have a chance at an actual job.

[[EarnYourHappyEnding Because of his excellent work]], [[UnlockingTheTalent he is offered a job]] [[HappilyEverAfter as a broker]].
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdultFear: ''The entire film''. All of Chris' pursuits are done with the main goal of giving his son a good life. That includes immersing him in a fantasy involving dinosaurs and caves when [[TearJerker they're forced to sleep in a metro bathroom]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er9yRGb_Ywo "Shiawase no Chakira"]] as its theme song.
* ArcWords: "This part of my life is called..."
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The opening scene with the "happyness" graffiti has the word "fuck" clearly seen spray-painted on the wall. This seems to have been done intentionally to avoid a PG rating.
** It also leads to one of the few humorous moments in the film when, upon being told that the "happyness" spelling is incorrect, Chris' son immediately asks [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes "Is 'fuck' spelled right?"]].
* {{Biopic}}
* BrokenAesop: Halfway through, Chris makes quite a good observation that you can only pursue happiness, and expecting to actually ''have'' it for more than a brief moment at a time is an illusion. The film ends with a HappyEnding implying everything will be alright from now on.
* CompressedAdaptation: From Christopher Gardner's autobiography of the same name, which encompasses a larger swathe of his life.
* {{Determinator}}: Chris.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: "maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it" - but then again, maybe we can.
* EmpathyDollShot: Something similar is done with a CaptainAmerica action figure.
* [[GoodParents Good Parent]]: Chris is an extremely devoted and loving father.
* HeroesActVillainsHinder
* InheritedIlliteracyTitle: ''Happyness'' is on a day-care mural.
* NeverTrustATrailer: From some trailers, one might assume this is a comedy. It's not.
* OscarBait
* RagsToRiches: Chris Gardner becomes a millionaire entrepreneur in RealLife.
* RubiksCubeInternationalGeniusSymbol: One of the first clues the audience (and Jay Twistle, a manager for Dean Witter Reynolds) get to the fact that Chris is a really intelligent guy is his ability to solve a Rubik's Cube. At least, it impresses Jay, who had previously thought such a feat impossible; this earns Chris his interview.
* SanFrancisco
* SelfMadeMan: Christopher Gardner becomes this.
* TakingTheKids: Christopher's wife, Linda, tries to do this, though eventually she agrees not to.
* TrainEscape
* TruthInTelevision: In fact, the real Christopher Gardner is shown in the end in a suit and tie.
* UnlockingTheTalent: The whole point of the film.
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