克里斯?加纳（威尔·史密斯 Will Smith 饰）用尽全部积蓄买下了高科技治疗仪，到处向医院推销，可是价格高昂，接受的人?#27426;唷?#23601;算他多努力都无法提供一个良好的生活环境给妻儿，妻子（桑迪·牛顿 Thandie Newton 饰）最终选择离开家。从此他带着儿子克里斯托夫（贾登·史密斯 Jaden Smith 饰）相依为命。选段中，克里斯一路狂奔到股票投资公司参加实习面试，他穿得十分寒酸，甚至脸上还有?#25512;?#21360;，但是他的表现让面试官眼前一亮……
Chris: Chris Gardner. How are you? Good morning. Chris Gardner. Chris Gardner. Good to see you again. Chris Gardner. Pleasure. I've been sitting out there for the last half-hour trying to come up with a story that would explain my being here dressed like this. And I wanted to come up with a story that would demonstrate qualities that I'm sure you all admire here, like earnestness or diligence. Team-playing, something. And I couldn't think of anything. So the truth is...I was arrested for failure to pay parking tickets.
Jay: Parking tickets?
Chris: And I ran all the way here from the Polk Station, the police station.
Interviewer: What were you doing before you were arrested?
Chris: I was painting my apartment.
Interviewer: Is it dry now?
Chris: I hope so.
Interviewer: Jay says you're pretty determined.
Jay: He's been waiting outside the front of the building with some 40-pound gizmo for over a month.
Interviewer: He said you're smart.?
Chris: Well, I like to think so.
Interviewer: And you want to learn this business????
Chris: Yes, sir, I wanna learn.
Interviewer: Have you already started learning on your own?
Jay: Yes, sir.
Interviewer: How many times have you seen Chris?
Jay: I don't know. One too many, apparently.
Interviewer: Was he ever dressed like this????
Jay: No. No. Jacket and tie.
Interviewer: First in your class in school? High school????
Chris: Yes, sir.
Interviewer: How many in the class????
Chris: Twelve. It was a small town.
Interviewer: I'll say.???
Chris: But I was also first in my radar class in the Navy, and that was a class of 20. Can I say something? I'm the type of person,?if you ask me a question, and I don't know the answer I 'm gonna tell you that I don't know. But I bet you what. I know how to find the answer, and I will find the answer. Is that fair enough?
Interviewer: Chris. What would you say if a guy walked in for an interview without a shirt on and I hired him? What would you say?
Chris: He must've had on some really nice pants.
Jay: Chris, I don't know how you did it dressed as a garbage man but you pulled it off.???
Chris: Thank you, Mr. Twistle.
Jay: Hey, now you can call me Jay. We'll tale to you soon.
Chris: All right, so I'll let you know, Jay.
Jay: "You'll let me know, Jay"? What do you mean?
Chris: Yeah, I'll give you a call tomorrow sometime...
Jay: What are you talking...? You hounded me for this. You stood here...??
Chris: Listen, there's no salary.
Chris: I was not aware of that. My circumstances have changed some and I need to be certain that I'll be...????
Jay: All right. Okay. Tonight. I swear I will fill your spot. I promise. If you back out, you know what I'll look like to the partners?
Chris: Yes, an ass... A-hole.
Jay: Yeah, an ass A-hole, all the way. You are a piece of work. Tonight.