- The Washington Times - Friday, January 19, 2007

By Olivia Means, age 15

Foxcroft School, Middleburg

“The Pursuit of Happyness” recently was released nationwide in theaters. This biographical movie portrays the story of Chris Gardner, played by the actor Will Smith. He is poor and eventually becomes homeless. He has little money, works hard in a competitive internship that does not pay and also has a son who needs his care. Through hard work and faith, Mr. Gardner becomes successful.

The movie is mainly about Chris Gardner and his struggle. However, his son, Christopher, played by Jaden Smith, Mr. Smith’s real-life son, has his own story. Christopher is 5 years old, and his dad’s struggle presents him with his own struggle.

It must have been hard for Christopher to go from living with his mom and dad to living with just his dad in a shelter for the homeless. Once they even had to sleep in the subway because if you didn’t line up by the shelter door by a certain time, you would be at the end of a very long line. The shelter has a limited number of beds and can only take a certain number of people. When the doors closed on Christopher and his dad, they were very sad.

I know that if such a drastic change in my life had occurred, I would be confused and upset. But Christopher continued to trust and believe in his father.

I think “The Pursuit of Happyness” is an excellent movie. This movie shows the fall and rise of Chris Gardner in a beautiful way. Also, this movie was especially great during the Christmas and New Year’s season. I feel fortunate and thankful during this time of year for having my family.

We never should lose trust in people whom we love, just as Christopher demonstrated. We should continue to have faith and love for the people in whom we believe. Those who are fortunate should be thankful for what they have, and those who have less should continue to work for a better living.

Never lose faith, because happiness is always within reach.

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