Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Tonight I just finished watching Will Smith's latest box-office hit "The Pursuit of Happyness" with my three kids. A film so simply made, but very inspiring. My kids actually enjoyed it a lot! The movie captures the emotional truths of the darkest hour of a single father trying to raise his 5-year old son after being abandoned by his wife. Troubled son asked his Dad, "Did Mommy leave because of me?" Dad told him, "Don't you ever ask that question again! Mom left because of Mom." Without a financial cushion, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) and his son (Smith's own son, Jaden) are soon evicted from their apartment. They are forced to sleep in shelters for the homeless, bus stations, bathrooms or wherever they can find refuge for the night. Despite his many hardships, Chris continues to honor his commitment as a loving and caring father. From homeless single Dad to multi-million stockbroker, Gardner presents the triumph of a single father's spirit and devotion to his child. Watch the movie and be touched. Paul Simon's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is one of the movie's soundtracks: "When you're weary, feeling small / When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all / I'm on your side when times get rough /And friends can't be found. Like a bridge over troubled water. / II will lay me down. / When you're down and out, when you're on the street. / When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you. / I'll take your part when darkness comes. / And pain is all around. Like a bridge over troubled water. I will lay me down. / Sail on silvergirl. Sail on by / Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. / See how they shine. If you need a friend, I'm sailing right behind. /Like a bridge over troubloed water. I will ease your mind."