The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Review


The screenplay by Steven Conrad is based on the best-selling 2006 memoir of the same name written by Gardner with Quincy Troupe. It is based on Gardner's nearly one-year struggle being homeless. The unusual spelling of the film's title comes from a mural that Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility his son attends.
The film was released on December 15, 2006 by Columbia Pictures, and received moderately positive reviews, with most critics particularly praising Smith’s performance. The film was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
In 1981, San Francisco salesman Chris Gardner invests his entire life savings in portable bone density scanners, which he demonstrates to doctors and pitches as a handy quantum leap over standard X-rays. The scanners play a vital role in his life.
While he is able to sell most of them, the time lag between the sales and his growing financial demands enrage his already alienated wife Linda, who works as a hotel maid.
The financial instability increasingly erodes their marriage, in spite of them caring for Christopher Jr., their soon-to-be five-year-old son. Chris has difficulty selling the scanners, as they are much more expensive than common X-rays but produce only a slightly better picture. Because of this, he does not make enough money to make ends meet and Linda is forced to work double shifts.
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