December 15, 2006, - 3:35 pm

Weekend Box Office: Mediocre Kids Film & Phenomenal “Pursuit of Happyness”

By Debbie Schlussel
This weekend finds two notable films newly released at the box office:
* “The Pursuit of Happyness“: Read my full review of this true story of homeless-to-millionaire Chris Gardner. An inspiring, uplifting film that is the epitome of the American story. Despite all odds against him, hard work and moxie enable Gardner to overcome tremendous odds. One of the best movies of the year. Will Smith is excellent as Gardner, and ironically looks like a taller, thinner, younger version of shakedown king Jesse Jackson in this one. His son, Jaden, is great as Chris, Jr. Again, read my full review of this movie.

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* “Eragon“: This “Lord of the Rings” wannabe is entertaining and charming enough for kids, but I’ve seen better. The special effects are thin, and the story is too light, too familiar, and somewhat stiff. The computer-generated dragon looks very fake. This story of Eragon–a dragon rider who is marked for death by the evil king in Medieval England and must fight and beat the kings murderous forces–features Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. Based on a best-selling book of the same name, written by a then-teenager (who is now 23).

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Party y’all—FREE download of THE book http://www.lulu.com/content/158142 for the first day of Hanukah!!!
The Debster been avoiding it cos i’m a SCHVARTZE writing Judaically…but WTF…ain’t MY fault y’all think anyone who ain’t condihouseniggergrinning it to the PROgom ain’t down…lmfao

EminemsRevenge on December 15, 2006 at 6:42 pm

Debbie: you were right about “Pursuit of Happiness”. Excellent movie. Most un-PC, which is why they’ll ignore it at academy awards time.
I was stunned that the white characters were, except for mild deviations by the trainer, color-blind and fair, which is the way it really is in corporate America these days.
THANKS, SONOMA, BUT I HAVE TO DIFFER WITH PART OF YOUR COMMENT. CORPORATE AMERICA, THESE DAYS, IS RIFE WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

sonomaca on December 15, 2006 at 10:50 pm

EminemsRevenge seems to be familiar with that old adage: For sooth, there is no celebration like one located in Detroit, for when attending a party of Detroit, there exists no end in sight to the festivities. Especially on Hanukkah.

Dan on December 16, 2006 at 7:09 pm

I liked the film, and the acting is Oscar quality. However, it is the same old Hollywood BS when the story could have stood on its own. Gardner admitted to the media, the Rubic’s Cube thing never happened. The scene in Dean Witter looked like stock trader’s office, not a stock broker’s. 1981, when the story takes place- I was an intern at E.F. Hutton at night after college classes. The one in twenty” candidates selected part had to be another fabrication, too, probably shamefully borrowed from “Liars’ Poker”, a different program all together. No one trained stock brokers for six months to fire 19 of 20. I hated calling people at home to sell the American Express Asset Management Accounts, just like Gardner was doing (cold calling, boiler room style). It is supposed to be all great at the end when we are told in type the guy makes millions? Same old Hollywood story everyone ends up rich so they are naturally happy. That was an ugly time in our economy, pay attention you spoiled brat kids, you have no idea what earning a living is like in a crummy economy when jobs are just plain old desparate to find, that part was no exaggeration.

code7 on December 17, 2006 at 9:23 pm

Remember who’s inflationary, statist economic policies forced Volker to induce a recession in 1981. Yes, the same man who continues to inflict pain on humanity to this very day: Jihad, Castro, and Chavez-loving Jimmy Carter. Please just make it stop!

sonomaca on December 18, 2006 at 1:03 am

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