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Published:April 4th, 2007 08:02 EST
Will Smith Begins a Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith Begins a Pursuit of Happyness

By Garrett Godwin

Will Smith became "The Greatest" when he was nominated for an Oscar in 2001's Ali.  Now, see him in another Oscar-nominated performance in The Pursuit of Happyness, now available on DVD.

Based on real-life events, the film follows Chris Gardner (Smith) in 1981 San Francisco with a wife (Thandie Newton) and young son (Jaden, Smith's real-life son).  He makes his living selling medical equipment to hospitals, which has not been going so well for him and his family.  Burdened by problems financially, professionally, and personally, Linda left Chris raising their son as his own.  However, things went from bad to worse as father and son are kicked out of their apartment, spending days and nights sleeping places such as homeless shelters, and cleaning up in restrooms at the train station, as well as the difficulty of getting enough money for food.

Chris finds an opportunity for an opening at a stock brokerage firm.  He got the job, but there is one problem: it is an unpaid internship.  Rather than let this be a setback, Chris Gardner rises to the challenge with determination, dedication, and the love for his son to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs in America.

On DVD, the film has extras such as an interview with the real Chris Gardner and a commentary from director Gabriele Muccino.

The Pursuit of Happyness is another movie that is all about the strength of the human spirit and the willingness to succeed despite the struggles ahead.  Like Rocky Balboa and Muhammad Ali, Chris Gardner is the classic underdog that keeps being knocked down, but gets back up and continues fighting.  Yet like Ali, he is a real-life hero that has suffered so much, but has never let it get to him, always trying to have a positive attitude in every situation.  Like Rocky, Chris Gardner was reaching for the impossible.

The Pursuit of Happyness makes the list of inspirational films as it now makes its way onto DVD today.