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Pursuit of Happyness

The movie is constructed on a series of events that can be best described as “disturbers of harmony.” There are 134 of these sequences ranging from small (dropping a bag) to large (letter from the IRS leaves him with $21.33 in his bank account).

The positives in the movie were few and far between. To match the 134 negative events, there were about 15 positive events that happened. These events included:

• Getting one side of the rubic’s cube
• Stock broker who created a Canadian stock market app talks to him about what he does…giving inspiration to Chris to pursue a stock broker job.
• Solves the rubic’s cube
• Gets an interview
• Gets son back
• Sells a scanner
• Sells all his scanners
• Getting a meeting with Walter Ribbon.
• Most interactions with Walter Ribbon were positive, as were the interactions with the son. These were the two positive reinforcements in Chris’s life.

The list of negatives included:
• can’t take the kid to the park because of business
• didn’t know his father
• refusal from doctor #1
• can’t pick up the kid…breaks it to wife
• wife asks him to pay taxes..he can’t
• gets a boot on the car
• refusal #2 from doctor
• car gets towed
• car has a bunch of parking tickets
• taxes when he gets home
• can’t figure out rubic’s cube
• Wife angry
• Regan’s “economic condition” speech blares on radio
• rubic’s cube
• wife’s doubt about being a stock broker…compares it to an astronaut
• 2 months behind on rent
• hippie steals machine
• 20 people get selected for the internship
• Only one person gets selected…
• Application has 3 extra lines for education…he doesn’t need 3 extra lines
• daycare is watching TV
• the need to get a birthday present
• walking into the huge, daunting financial services building
• Mr. Tresell doesn’t want to talk on his way into work
• hippie lady runs by with machine
• gets 2 scanners back..no sales
• neighbor beating rug
• Twiseel doesn’t want the cab
• Twissell says you can’t do it five times
• Twissell doesn’t pay cab fare
• Chris doesn’t have money for cab
• Chris forgets scanner as he makes a dash for it
• Cabbie chases him
• loses machine when on BART
• wife leaves him
• wife takes son
• drops bag on a sprint
• can’t find a pen to take down number
• Wayne spouts out numbers, unknowingly confusing Chris
• wife ignores him on street
• landlord needs rent
• painting
• has to pay each ticket
• put in prison
• can’t pick up kid
• can’t make job interview
• can’t zip up jacket
• partners won’t look him in the eye
• 1st in the class of…12
• 1st in the class of….20
• Internship doesn’t pay $$$
• can’t apply to a brokerage firm for the 6 months during the internship…it’s this or nothing for 6 months
• waiting for wife and kid to return from day at the park
• wife goes to NYC
• “Salesman to intern” is backwards- says wife
• reminder that mom isn’t there
• reminder that they live in a motel
• alarm clock
• hippie has time machine
• hit by a car
• called asshole by guy who hit him
• loses shoe
• faces colleagues without shoe
• faces kid without shoe
• has to get coffee for trainer
• rejected once on phone
• has to get donut for trainer
• hung up on
• bus to the daycare place
• cross town
• 22 home
• motel owner waiting on rent
• hung up on
• had to do what they did in 6 hours, when it took them 9
• hung up on
• hung up on
• has to make it to a spot in 20 minutes
• has to move the car
• jimmy the key
• parking spot gets taken
• traffic
• no money for meter
• cross traffic
• just missed Walter Ribbon
• parking ticket
• keys again
• has to write a check to pay trainer’s ticket
• doesn’t have car anymore, kid says
• why don’t you put the scanner in the car?- Walter Ribbon
• We don’t have a car. – kid
• not a chance to get Ribbon’s business
• letter from the IRS leaves him with $21.33 in the bank
• motel owner yells for rent
• Wayne won’t give him $14
• retrieved scanner is dirty
• doctor won’t meet Chris
• kid is tired
• machine won’t work for doctor
• doctor says 4x he has to go
• stuff is moved out of the hotel, leaving them homeless
• key doesn’t work
• window won’t open
• kid has fit
• leaves stuff
• wayne won’t answer the door
• kids says scanner isn’t a time machine…twice
• kid won’t close eyes
• sleeps in men’s bathroom
• someone tries to get in the bathroom 9 times…it’s the only time Chris cries.
• Where are you going? – Mr. Trissel
• How are you doing? – Mr. Trissel
• Can’t get room because shelter is for women and children only
• huge line at homeless shelter
• guy cuts in front of him
• preacher says to get out of line
• preacher says there are no more spots
• lights go out without warning
• lights go out again while fixing scanner
• has to read book standing up b/c no light
• can’t leave stuff at homeless shelter
• what’s up?- trainer
• catch the bus
• never got the #
• had to give up $5
• didn’t get a room
• slept on BART
• $8 for the bulb
• long line
• Did mom leave because of me?
• dropped the toy

Shed yourself of all the negatives in life, or overcome them, and you’ll find happiness.

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