Maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue. And maybe we can actually never have it no matter what.

Christopher: What are you doing?
Christopher Gardner: Paying a parking ticket.
Christopher: ... But we don't have a car anymore.
Christopher Gardner: Yeah, I know...

This part of my life is called "internship."

[narrating] This part of my life... this part right here? This is called "happyness."

Homeless Guy #1: It's a time machine... I know it's a time machine...
Christopher Gardner: [narrating] This machine in my lap? It is not a time machine.

[narrating] This part of my life... this part right here? This part is called "being stupid."

Shoe-Spotting Intern: Hey, you're missing a shoe.
Christopher Gardner: Oh, hey, thanks!

Christopher is staying with me.

Christopher: Knock knock.
Christopher Gardner: Who's there?
Christopher: Nobody.
Christopher Gardner: Nobody who?
Christopher: [silent]
Christopher Gardner: Nobody who?
Christopher: [silent]
Christopher Gardner: A-ha-ha, that's a good one, I like that!

Christopher: Knock knock.
Christopher Gardner: Who's there?
Christopher: Shelby.
Christopher Gardner: Shelby who?
Christopher: Shelby comin' round the mountain when she comes, Shelby comin' round the mountain when she comes!
Christopher Gardner: Hey, that's good.

Christopher Gardner: How many planets are there?
Christopher: Um... 7?
Christopher Gardner: Seven? Nine! Okay, who's the king of the jungle?
Christopher: The gorilla?
Christopher Gardner: Gorilla? Nope. Lion.
Christopher: Yeah, lion, lion. You wanna hear something funny?

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In The Pursuit of Happyness, Christopher Gardner will do anything for his son. In the end, hard work and street smarts pay off for this real-life figure. He establishes a productive career and builds himself - and his family - up from nothing at all.

Played By
Will Smith
Full Name
Christopher Gardner