The Pursuit of Happyness(deliberately misspelt just as it was on the wall of a daycare center when he was seeking care for his son) is a film based on the true story of the entrepreneur Chris Gardener and how he struggled financially after losing his apartment when his wife leaves him and their young son. The Pursuit of Happyness is set in 1980s in San Francisco.
Chris Gardener invested all of his money on portable bone density scanners that he tries to sell to doctors and hospitals but they did not sell well as they were too expensive. They soon end in debt, which means his wife has to work double shifts at her job in a laundrette. She becomes more and more bitter and resentful, so when she is offered a job at her brother in law’s restaurant in New York she does not hesitate to leave her family.
One day Chris Gardener encountered a Man who drove a red Ferrari and asked him two questions: “What do you do?” and “How do you do it?” The man turned out to be a stockbroker. That day changed Chris gardener’s life, he got a unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program. The were 20 participants in the training program and only one of them where going to get a job as a stockbroker. Chris tries to make himself stand out in the program in hopes to get the job.
With no income to afford rent Chris Gardener was soon evicted, he also got money taken away from him by the bank for unpaid taxes. Chris ends up with less than 25 dollars resulting in him becoming homeless. Chris and his son resort to staying at cheap hotels and homeless shelters or even sometimes sleeping in toilets. Chris’s financial problem gets worse when two of his scanners are lost. But he soon gets them back, after getting them back he sells them.
The Pursuit of Happyness is the movie based on Chris’s true story of overcoming poverty while having a young son.