Man, the Fresh Prince has come a long way. Here he simply shines as Chris Gardner, a down on his luck dad trying to make ends meet in San Francisco in the 80's. When Chris' wife leaves him, he is forced to take care of his son (played by Smith's real life son Jaden), all the while struggling to keep from going under financially. Gardner then lands a dream job as an intern for a major stockbroker firm, only to find out it is a non-paying position. He must come out on top in the program if he hopes to land a paying gig. Meanwhile, Chris and his son are forced to live on the streets.
This film is based on the true story of Chris Gardner and how he, quite literally, started at the bottom and worked his way up. This a classic story about not giving up and fighting for what you want. This is possibly Will Smith's strongest role to date, and his performance is exceptional. Smith brings Gardner's story to life. A story that is full of heartache, despair, darkness, and most importantly...hope. I'll admit this is a tough one to watch..especially for parents. One of the most heart-breaking scenes is when Chris and his son are forced to spend the night in a subway bathroom. As the movie goes on you will find yourself asking the question: How much can one man take? But if you stick around until the end you will be touched and inspired. Hard to watch? Sure. Worth it? Absolutely!
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