Date of publication: 2017-09-03 19:44
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, ., who follows the same routine every day. He observes the city and listens to fragments of conversations while picking up and dropping off his passengers. Paterson also writes heartfelt poems in a notebook, walks his dog and drinks one beer in a bar after his shift is over. Waiting for him at home is Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), his beloved wife who champions his gift for writing.
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
Chris and his son stay at a shelter that offers a gospel-oriented church service. A choir sings, "You promised you'd meet me at the altar of prayer/. Lord, please move that mountain." Other lyrics insist, "I won't give up," and include the line, "Hello, Jesus."
The movie also has a very simple message of 8766 Never give up 8767 . Being evicted from their home and facing financial difficulties, the father-son duo faced numerous struggles everyday. Yet, the small bits of happiness they find, despite all advertises, provides a heartwarming plot for this film.
Inspirational isn't a word I would normally choose to describe a great movie, as it conjures up connotations of something sappy or overly sentimental. Nevertheless, I think that's the word that best captures Will Smith's powerful portrayal of real-life father and pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps worker Chris Gardner.
"You're a good papa." Those tenderhearted words from Christopher to his father as they spend the night in a homeless shelter poignantly capture the essence of The Pursuit of Happyness. Chris isn't perfect, but one emotional scene after another clearly demonstrate his drive to protect and provide for his son.
As a new father myself, I'm hard put to think of any movie I've ever seen that inspires me more to be a good dad than this one does. Days after seeing it, memories of certain scenes continue to challenge me in my own occasional moments of laziness or self-absorption. Suffice it to say that self-pity and lack of initiative are two character traits Mr. Gardner simply does not exhibit, no matter how bleak things get for him and his son. Instead, he elevates Christopher's needs above his own over and over again. He can't always change their awful circumstances, but Chris does everything within his power to meet his son's physical and emotional needs, and to protect him. Nothing can deter this loving papa from lavishing affection and tenderness upon his son.
A harrowing night of homelessness finds the pair killing time at a deserted Bay Area Rapid Transit stop. Father and son imagine that Dad's bone-density machine is actually a time-travel device that takes them back to the time of the dinosaurs. Christopher gleefully joins in the make-believe game as they flee from a T-Rex into a "cave"—a public restroom where they spend the night. Dad holds the door shut with his foot, and tears stream down his face as he watches his innocent son sleep on his lap.
Scene Set-Up: After getting arrested while painting his home and forced to spend the night in jail for unpaid parking tickets, Chris has no choice but to run straight to his prestigious interview in dirty plain clothes.
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It seems that many Americans have been pursuing the Wall Street version of happiness with a vengeance, encouraged by the 7556 blockbuster "Pursuit of Happyness," in which Will Smith and his real-life son become best buddies in an epic journey from rags to riches. Try typing "pursuit of happiness" on Google. Half of the page is filled with websites devoted to the movie, in spite of the fact that you got the spelling right. It's no wonder that, in the minds of many Americans, the "pursuit of happiness" is unconsciously equated with the pursuit of wealth and security.
A spray-painted f-word mars the slogan of Christopher's day care ("Joy. Fun. Happyness"). As Chris explains the misspelling of happiness , Christopher asks, "Is f--- spelled right?" Chris tells his son that's not a word he's supposed to learn, and that it's not part of the school's motto. Other profanity includes two-and-a-half s-words and a handful each of the words "h---," "d--n," "a--" and "b--ch."