The Pursuit of Happyness 

Will Smith garnered an Oscar nomination for his true-to-life portrayal of Chris Gardner, so it's no shocker that the movie is an enjoyable watch. The coolest thing about it, as you've probably heard, is that Smith's real son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, plays Gardner's kid in the movie, and his performance, or rather the dynamic created between the authentic father-son team, is where all of the film's power comes from.

Though the first half to two-thirds of the movie drags just a hair, as it was drawing to an end, it dawned on me that the film is, indeed, based on a true story and, although I assumed it would all work out in the end, the guy who really endured those tribulations wouldn't have had the foresight of a fortuitous conclusion.

You see the Smiths, the way they look at each other, and you know it's love. If the Gardners had one-eighth the kind of connection Will and Jaden have, then their story was wholly worth telling. By the end, even if it's not fully realized until the final scene, you will recognize that the power of family, even if it's only a family of two, is exceptionally important.

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