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New Film: From Skid Row To Wall Street

Jaden Christopher Syre Smith & Will Smith
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Jaden Christopher Syre Smith & Will Smith

A homeless father finds hope and help on Wall Street--it's the subject of a new movie starring Will Smith. But what makes this story really interesting-it's true. CNBC's Michele Caruso-Cabrera had the details on "Morning Call." The film is called "The Pursuit of Happyness." It's the early 1980's and Will Smith's character-Chris Gardner--is down on his luck and losing everything. He's made some bad business choices.

He's now fighting to keep his family fed and sheltered. What happens is that he becomes a stock broker (starting as an intern) after finding out--that's the occupation for a driver of a very expensive car.

The film opens in the U.S. today. Reviews are somewhat mixed with some saying the movie focuses too much on making money--but Smith's performance is pointed out as a highlight.