Essay on The Pursuit Of Happyness : Film Analysis

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The Pursuit of Happyness - Film Analysis. Directed by Italian director, Gabriele Muccino, and inspired by a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness takes place in the hard streets of San Francisco in the 1980s. Chris Gardner, the main character played by Will Smith, is trying to fulfill the legacy of the American Dream, but his family is in quite the struggle. Chris is attempting to make a living and provide for his family by selling bone density scanners (similar to an x-ray machine, but with slightly better picture and much more pricey) to doctor’s offices and other medical facilities. Chris has a way with people, and he has the potential to do much more with his life due to his determination and daily grind of providing for his five-year-old son Christopher, played by Jaden Smith, and his wife Linda, played by Thandie Newton. Although Linda is maintaining two jobs and Chris is selling his machines, they still get behind on bills and rent, thus struggling to adequately provide for the family. Meanwhile, Christopher is enrolled in a daycare center, which is where the title of the movie is found. The Pursuit of Happyness is spray-painted on the daycare building along with profanity. Clearly, the graffiti on the building and the title of the movie are spelt wrong, representing how Chris pays attention to every detail that makes life all that different.
The theme of the movie is finding true joy, even though the road to get there may be difficult. Chris Gardner experiences many…

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