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Movie review: The Pursuit of Happyness

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The Pursuit of Happyness tells the touching story, based on real-life events, of a man named Christopher Gardner and his elementary-aged son named Chris. Throughout the movie the pair struggle to survive after the father loses his life savings after he invests in a non-profitable bone density machine. Subsequently, Mr. Gardner's wife leaves him alone with their son Chris. It is not long before they are they are evicted from their apartment and become homeless. We see the daily life for the father and son duo as they live out of a homeless shelter and worry daily about meals and survival.

Watching the Pursuit of Happyness reminds me of my work at Burnet Middle School. Chris Gardner's daily struggles are similar to many of the everyday worries faced by the students whom I work with. Many of our students live in houses struck by poverty their families struggle to pay utility bills and rent, often have difficulty providing enough food, and they typically share a living space with several other individuals. Many of our students have been forced to relocate several times over their lives due to evictions. They may go without electricity or running water for a period of time. In short, many of our students must tolerate living situations over which they have very little control.

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