“And it was at that time that I thought about Thomas Jefferson writing that Declaration of Independence. Him saying that we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I thought about how he knew to put the ‘pursuit’ in there, like no one can actually have happiness. We can only pursue it.”
A bunch of friends and I went to see “The Pursuit of Happyness” this Friday. It wasn’t a conscious choice, rather the only movie we were all ok with visa vie “The Queen”, “Babel” and “Code 36”.
Movie was cute, funny at parts and overall very inspirational. Will Smith’s son was just adorable. This kid has got a career in acting. Will Smith has come a long way since the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His acting was very mature and heartfelt.
Movie is your typical rags to riches story. Title is inspired by the quote above from the Declaration of Independence and the typo intentional in reference to a scene in the movie.
Movie is about a guy struggling to make it, to become a broker, to get out of the gutter, to raise his kid and raise him well.
To me, perhaps cause I’m an economist, movie wasn’t as inspiring as “A Beautiful Mind”. Something was missing. I can’t quite place it. Perhaps the message was too clear. Perhaps the ending too bland. Maybe the characters were too few. Movie lacked luster I’m afraid to report. Yet the message in the movie is worth relaying to you. So here goes:
Christopher Gardner: [to his son] You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something? Go get it. Period.
Song of the day: Father and Son