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The Pursuit of Happyness: A beautiful film with an expected outcome:

The Pursuit of Happyness is Steve Conrad’s interpretation of Christopher Gardner's life story. Will Smith delivers anemotional Chris, who lives in San Francisco with his son, also called Christopher (performed by Will Smith’s second born son, Jaden Smith), and his wife Linda (Thandie Newton). Chris is a salesman who haspoured his and Linda’s life savings into a new portable medical device. Unfortunately for him the machine is more expensive than existing models, but not exceptionally better. They fall on hard times andLinda ends up leaving. Chris has an uphill struggle looking after his son and earning enough money to survive. His break comes when he gets an internship at a stockbrokers firm. With only one paidjob at stake and twenty candidates, it’s a big gamble for Chris and yet another worry to think about. Chris is a determined man and won’t get pushed over so easily.

“Unclear” is the word I’d use todescribe the intended public that the director was aiming for. It’s not a film that’s going to catch the eye of younger viewers; some may find some scenes distressing, like when Linda leaves Chris andChristopher to go to New York, or when the two boys get kicked out of their motel and have to sleep rough. On the upside, the natural bond between Will Smith and his son creates an extremelybelievable story, sometimes hard to watch; Chris tries desperately to be a good father and is faced with situations that most people would find difficult to cope with. Some strong messages are portrayedthrough the dialogue such as: “You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you ‘you can't do it’. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.” The filmwon’t have much effect on slightly older audiences who are used to action films, the story develops in a slow pace, with the most action-filled scenes involving Chris running around from place to...