Sunday, April 01, 2007


We watched the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith and his (real) son. OK, first; it’s a great movie! You should watch it if you haven’t already done so. Second; it’s a very painful movie to watch. At least I found it to be. As an INFP, I can’t help but identify with the characters when they are played well by competent actors. At some points in the movie I had to get up and leave the room for a moment or two; just to get my emotions in check. That’s the F and P side of my personality type. But this isn’t about me…it’s a little bit about Will Smith, a favorite actor of mine and it’s all about the story itself; a too true story of one man and a boy becoming homeless and how easily it happens and how few people care if it should happen to you. I was particularly struck by the scenes filmed at Glide Memorial church; a haven for Will and his son. And that’s the truth! And afterwards, I had only questions; why do we allow things like this to happen? In one of the wealthiest nations in the world? Why aren’t there more safety nets for those with ‘bad luck’? Why do we allow the mentally ill to wander the streets without anyone to care for them? Why don’t we care?

1 comment:

Kitty said...

We saw this movie when it was in the theater. We also thought it was a great movie but very upsetting as you said. This is a true story and that is what makes it sad. Those down on their luck can't catch a break.