The Film: The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
The Hollywood Version: The touching true rags-to-riches tale of Chris Gardner, who struggled through sleeping in bathrooms and menial jobs to crack his way into becoming a millionaire broker.
Real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith play the pair.
Just The Facts: Even the man behind the story admits that things were changed – though he allowed it.
Take the age of Chris Gardner's son Christopher. He was two in real life, not five. “I understood that. You've got to give these guys some license,” Gardner has said. “My son was two when we were going through this. Did we have dialogue? Yeah. But there's obviously more you can do when the child is a little older. Give them some license."
Other liberties taken? He didn’t sell bone density scanners, but he did hawk medical supplies. And he was never hit by a car.
Oh, and he didn’t get a foot in the door with a broker by solving a Rubik’s Cube.