Words of Wisdom:

"Bush Sucks!" - Muhammad Ali


  • Date Submitted: 12/10/2012 03:19 PM
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Gardner (Will Smith) and his wife, Linda (Thandie Newton), have sunk their savings into a truckload of high-tech bone density scanners, which he plans to sell to the San Francisco healthcare community. Unfortunately, the scanners turn out to be an expensive luxury for most hospitals, and they become literal and symbolic millstones, gathering dust and dragging their finances downward. As Gardner lugs his scanners from one unsuccessful sales call to another, Linda works double shifts at a seedy laundry. Their situation becomes increasingly desperate and tempers flare. Their five-year-old son, Christopher (Smith's real-life son, Jaden), is caught in the middle.
As for the movie title’s oddly-spelled “happyness,” the word is painted that way on the outside of a day care center and it inspires Gardner to contemplate whether happiness truly exists. Whether is happiness something we can only chase, but we can never catch? He struggling so hard and determined to build a better life for himself and his son, and finally a glimmer of hope arrives when he's accepted for a competitive-but nonpaying-internship at an investment firm. Like a joke told by Christopher in a particularly insightful scene of this movie, about the drowning man who repeatedly turns away rescuers in motorboats saying, "God will save me." Of course, he drowns, and when he arrives in heaven he asks God, "Why didn't you save me?" The Almighty replies, "I sent three boats for you. What were you waiting for?" Gardner gets the message. Things may seem grim, but their "rescue boat" may have already arrived as the internship. At first, it is hard for me to believe, how can a man wearing bum clothes and sporting a paint-smeared face for an interview, would land an internship at a prestigious brokerage firm. But later I realized that this scene shows no matter how unprepared you are for an interview, just go and try your luck. Who knows you will be just like Gardner. But of course, this is rarely happened as...


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