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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Margaret Sutherland

It's at this point that the film ends, we last see Gardner and his some walking along a street telling jokes, but we don't know if they are going to a home a hostel or a motel.

A lovely ending for the Pursuit of Happyness 2 then....................

John Smulo

I really liked this movie, but like you said, it was not a happy movie--well, they really made you work for some happiness.

I don't think happiness is something that we pursue in its own right, but instead flows from--well, that's the question I guess--from what?


Margaret – oh I do hope they don’t make a sequel. I like the ambiguity of the ending of this film and while I’m sure there is a story to tell about what happened thereafter I don’t see how it could match the emotional intensity of this present film.

John Smulo

Margaret or Brodie,

Do either of you have any idea if there was a book written about this?


John - what I found fascinating about the film was its references to the American declaration of independence, "WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness".
Now while the rational of this statement is built upon the concepts of the Scottish Enlightenment we in Scotland or the UK as a whole do not have something like this either in written form or as part of our physic.

I recently asked a Scottish young person what the purpose of life was. He answered, "The American dream". While this seems a really strange answer I understand why he said it. In our collective vocabulary we do not possess the phrase, "The Scottish Dream", or "the British dream"; indeed if you were to make such a statement it would be unintelligible as no one would know to what you were referring.

All of this is a long way to say that for Europeans the pursuit of happiness as a right is not as self evident to us as it is to most Americans.


John - yes there is a book with the same name as the film written by Chris Gardner, the guy on whose story the film is based.

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