Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a marginally employed salesman and a single father, struggling with the mother (Thandie Newton) of his five-year-old son (Jaden Smith). When they are evicted from their apartment, Gardner finds himself alone with his son in San Francisco and no place to go. Even when Gardner lands an intern position at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, it pays no money. Forced to live in shelters, enduring many hardships as he goes through their program, Chris refuses to let this dampen his spirits as he pursues his dream of security for himself and his son.
I bought this DVD from Brunei (some lucky people read my writing-therapy post during my recent visit to Brunei which was deleted the day after) recently, and only has time to watch it just now. It was a moving story, with all the elements that essential in life; hardworking, determination and discipline. Chris Gardner (played superbly by Will Smith) was an Portable Bone Density Scanner salesman, struggling to maintain a good life with his only son, Christopher (Jaden Smith, Will Smith son) and his wife (Thandie Newton; MI:2, Chronicles of Riddick). Things are not going well with his only job as the Portable Bone Density Scanner salesman.
One day, Chris passed by a stock broker firm, when he saw everyone coming out look very happy. He asked himself if he can be happy like them.
Determined, he went to the Dean Witter Reynolds whom offers the Broker Trainee Program to get himself in the internship program. This is the point of his life where he met few peoples that will change his life. With other 19 intern, he struggled to be the best amongst all and sometimes tried to cope with some unexpected situation, mostly running in the traffic, got hit by a car and his only concern was his missing shoe, and many other things. It’s all for the sake of happiness he’s dreaming off. Determined, that is Chris Gardner.
At one point, his wife left him to work in New York, and he decided to keep Christopher with him. No matter what, Christopher will always be at his side. Personally, if I were him, I couldn’t see myself capable of handling about being homeless and you have to drag the people you love to be with you. Moving from one place to another, for failing to pay the rent led this father and son relationship moved to the level where they achieved tolerance and mutual understanding between an adult and minor. I was impressed with these two characters, one for being hard work in both his job and a family man, and the other one for being understanding and loyal.
Finally, Chris Gardner was called to the meeting room (I see it that way), where he was informed that he passed the test, and were offered to start a carrier in Dean Witter Brokerage firm. It was an end for his challenging life, and a start for better things to come.
After beginning his career at Dean Witter, Chris Gardner went on to found the investment firm Gardner Rich in 1987.
In 2006, Chris Gardner sold a minority stake in his brokerage firm in a multi-millin dollar deal.
This is a really an inspiring movie!