path to happiness

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Tyler White Jeffery Chan 1301 6/21/11 "In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson mentions "the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." What did Thomas Jefferson mean by "the pursuit of happiness?" Is happiness something that one can pursue? Fortunately, the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness," reveals the answers to these questions through a touching story of how far one man goes to provide for his family. The depths from which this movie would move most movie patrons would be astounding to be sure, or so my wife would have had me believe. The Pursuit of Happiness would prove to me whether actors who stayed mainly in the action ring could venture outside of that box and into the drama side of acting while keeping hold of the story. Prior to viewing it I felt Pursuit of Happiness was going to simply be a filler movie to take care of the gaps in the theaters, and by the viewing of the previews I felt that was the truth of the matter. It was only by losing a bet did I even get set on the path that led me to having to watch a movie I felt so mundane and annoying with its morality oozing out of the very box it was packaged in. There are few times I allow myself to be duped by a “feel good” slogan on the back of a DVD case, but since this was being forced upon me I simply dealt with the cards handed to me and sat in my favorite lounge chair with the kind of expression you would see on an Olympic judges’ face after seeing someone who had neither skill nor talent. I had the odd pleasure of viewing, "The Pursuit of Happiness," a film directed by Gabriele Muccino and written by Steve Conrad. The film has been available since December 15, 2006, so I was able to view it from the comforts of my own home. The movie has a PG-13 rating due to some mild language and violence, but I think it could have been borderline PG. The main character, Chris Gardner, is played by actor Will Smith, who has also starred in many other blockbuster hits such as "Bad Boys," "Hancock," "Men in
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