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My kids and I saw the movie The Pursuit of Happynesstoday.  I can see why critics have said that Will Smith has put in a great performance because his acting was so convincing.  (Will’s son did an excellent job too.) I remember Jay Leno interviewing Will Smith recently and Jay said, “this movie is not about race.”  I think Jay and Will are right but the movie is about class; specifically, it is about the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’  among other things.  Other themes include determination, persistence, hard work, ambition, a father’s love for his son, fear, anger, frustration, and humiliation.  It raises other questions like is happiness really related to money or having stuff?  What does happiness mean?  What is a person willing to do to make ends meet?  What did Jefferson really mean when he wrote ‘…and the pursuit of happiness”?  The movie raises questions about marriage – especially the vows which say, “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, to death till you part.”  This movie made me cry like a baby.  This movie ranks among those that will indelibly mark my heart and mind for a long time. 


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