Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pursuit of Happyness vs. Rudy

After screening THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS again this past weekend I realized that PURSUIT and RUDY have the exact same plot. Both are feel good stories centered on characters down on their luck trying to accomplish a goal. Both central characters are told over and over that they can't do it, aren't good enough, etc. Both have a point in the middle where there is a big step taken to obtain the goal (getting accepted to Notre Dame, getting accepted into the internship program. Both movies have an event happen that makes the character realize they have to go achieve their goal right now and not wait (Chris's wife leaving, Rudy's friend dying). Both movies are based on real life stories and the real life character can be seen in both movies (Rudy is in the stands behind the dad, the real Chris Gardner is the man walking in front of Will Smith at the end of the movie). Both movies end the same with the character accomplishing their goal. I personally like Rudy better because I think the payoff at the end is much better than Pursuit, when Rudy sacks the QB and is carried off the field is one of the best moments in cinematic history.

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