The Pursuit of Happyness

Synopsis: Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". He feels like he has made these devices. However, they do not sell as they are marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tries to figure out how to sell them, his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job; he takes on a job as a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Gabriele Muccino
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 24 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Time to get up, man.

All right, Dad.

Come on.

Should be here soon.

I think I should make a list.

Uh, what do mean?

For your birthday gifts?


Well, you know you're only getting

a couple of things, right?

Yeah, I know.

Just to look at and study,

so I can choose better.

Okay, well, that's smart.

Yeah, make a list.

Can you spell everything

you're thinking of?

I think so.

All right.

That's good.

How you doing in here, man?


Can we go to the park today?


Um. No, I gotta

go to Oakland.

Well, uh...

maybe. We'll see.

Give me a kiss.

I'll talk to you later.

Excuse me.

Oh. Excuse me, uh...

when is, uh, somebody

gonna clean this off?

And... And...

And the Y?

The Y. We talked

about this.

It's an I in "happiness."

There's no Y in "happiness."

It's an I.

I'm Chris Gardner.

I met my father

for the first time

when I was 28 years old.

And I made up my mind

as a young kid

that when I had children,

my children were gonna know

who their father was.

This is part of my life story.

This part is called

"Riding the Bus."

What's that?

It's a time machine, isn't it?

Seems like a time machine.

That seems like a time machine.

It's a time machine.

Take me with you.

This machine...

This machine on my lap...

This guy, he has a time machine.

He... He... He travels.

He travels in the past

with this machine and...

it is not a time machine.

It's a portable

bone-density scanner.

A medical device

I sell for a living.

Thank you for the opportunity

to... To discuss it with you.

I appreciate it.

We just don't need it, Chris.

It's unnecessary.

And expensive.

Well, maybe next...

Thank you.

It gave a slightly denser

picture than an x-ray...

for twice the money.

- Hey.

- Hey, baby.

What happened?

Uh... No, nothing.

Look, I can't get

Christopher today.

Oh, no, you don't, Chris.

I need...

I'm back on at 7.

I know. I have got

to go to Oakland.

So I gotta

get Christopher home,

feed him, bathe him,

get him in bed, and be back here by 7?


And we got

the tax bill notice today.

What are you gonna do

about that?

Look. This is what

we gotta do.

You see that car?

The one with the pretty

yellow shoe on it?

That's mine.

There's no parking

near hospitals.

That's what happens

when you're always in a rush.

Thanks anyway.

Uh, very much.

Uh... Uh, maybe next quarter.

It's possible.

I needed to sell at least

two scanners a month

for rent and daycare.

I'd have to sell one more

to pay off all of those tickets

under my windshield wiper.

The problem is...

I haven't sold any for a while.

Since when do you not like

macaroni and cheese?

Since birth?

What's that?


What is this?

It's a gift for Christopher.

From who?

Cynthia from work.

It's for adults.

Chris can't use it.

She didn't know.

What are you supposed to

do with it?

Make every side the same color.

Did you pay the taxes?

No, I'm gonna have to,

uh, file an extension.

You already filed an extension.

Yeah, well, I gotta

file another one.


It's $650.

I'll have it in the next month.

That means interest, right?

And a penalty?

Yeah, a little bit.

Look, why don't you

let me do this?

All right, just relax.


Now, come here.

Calm down.

I have to go back to work.

Let's get ready for bed.

Hey, uh, put your plate

in the sink.

A few days ago I was presented

with a report I'd asked for.

A comprehensive audit,

if you will,

of our economic condition.

You won't like it.

I didn't like it.

But we have to face the truth

and then go to work

to turn things around.

And make no mistake about it...

we can turn them around.

The federal budget

is out of control.

And we face runaway deficits

of almost $80 billion

for this budget year

that ends September 30th.

That deficit is larger

than the entire

federal budget in 1957.

And so is the almost

$80 billion

we will pay in interest

this year on the national debt.

Twenty years ago, in 1960,

our federal government payroll

was less than $13 billion.

Today it is 75 billion.

During these 20 years,

our population

has only increased

by 23.3 percent...

Woo! Man.

I got two questions for you:

What do you do?

And how do you do it?

I'm a stockbroker.


Oh, goodness.

Had to go to college

to be a stockbroker, huh?

You don't have to.

Had to be good with numbers

and good with people.

That's it.

Hey, you take care.

Hey. I'm gonna let you hang on

to my car for the weekend.

But I need it back for Monday.

Feed the meter.

I still remember that moment.

They all looked so...

damn happy to me.

Why couldn't I look like that?

I'm gonna try to get home by 6.

I'm, uh, gonna stop by

a brokerage firm after work.

For what?

I wanna see about a job there.

Yeah? What job?

Uh, you know, when I...

When I was a kid,

I could go through a...

A math book in a week.

So I'm gonna go see about, uh,

a job they got down there.


What job?




Not an astronaut?

Don't talk to me

like that, Linda.

I'm gonna go down

to see about this,

and I'm gonna do it during the day.


You should probably

do your sales calls.

I don't need you to tell me

about my sales calls, Linda.

I got three of 'em

before the damn office

is even open.

Do you remember that

rent is due next week?

Probably not.

We're already

two months behind.

Next... Next week

we'll owe three months.

I've been pulling double shifts

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