Some facts about the "real" Chris Gardner flash upon the screen at the end. In 2006 he sold a minority share in the brokerage he started for a multi-million dollar profit — a profit that originates from a host of Chris Gardners slaving away at dead end jobs and who will never see the success of the protagonist.
He succeeds wildly, but I couldn't shake the tragedy of all those who didn't have his skills, perseverance, or luck. The movie wanted to create a sense of loss and then have it redeemed through hard work and perseverance — the realization of the American Dream. Survival is the American Nightmare. Something is wrong when the United States Bankruptcy Code is the closest thing we have to a National Health Care Plan. Something is wrong when the richest country in the world has a large homeless population. Something is wrong when Pay Day Loan stores are more prevalent than churches. When did you last read the Declaration of Independence? Read it again. Think about how things are now. The seeds of rebellion are sown in economic disparity and unequal treatment.
The only happiness that comes from the single-eyed pursuit of wealth is one that is misspelled and misplaced.