* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Gardner a righteous, determined and selfless father, or is he a selfish, childish man severely out of touch with reality?
** Complicated further by the real Gardner not being nearly as much of a standup guy as the film portrays.
* {{Glurge}}: A man, who is presented as moral, sees happiness in making money as a stock broker, studies at it with a high potential chance of failure for no money, and is willing to sacrifice his own son's well-being in order to do so. Also, because of this, it comes across as capitalist propaganda justifying the wealth gaps between rich and poor. If you're poor, [[UnfortunateImplications it's because you didn't work as hard as Gardner did]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The CaptainAmerica doll is one of these when you find out that WillSmith was at one point the top choice to play him in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
* TearJerker: Be prepared for the overwhelming urge to call your Daddy and tell him how much you love him.