Forrest Gump

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Time Out says

Played by Hanks with a sing-song Southern drawl and an evangelical earnestness, Gump is the quintessential simpleton, his only characteristic the inert righteousness instilled in him by his mama (Field). Gump's story is as extraordinary as he is banal. He conducts us on what amounts to a virtual-reality tour of late twentieth century American history. Beneath its baby-boomer soundtrack, its restive feel-good aesthetic and conventional liberal veneer, this is a dismayingly reactionary work. Consider Forrest's one true love, Jenny (Wright), a 'nice' girl who takes a wrong turn when she abandons home for showbusiness. Throughout director Zemeckis contrasts Gump's charmed progress with Jenny's unhappy engagement with the counter culture. It's only when she's dying that Jenny realises she should have stayed with Forrest all along. He's asexual, square and a tedious conversationalist, but God knows he loves his mother - as this mawkish conservative movie ultimately goes to prove: ignorance is bliss. Winner of a raft of Oscars.
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1994

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142 mins

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John

Too much political banter is being used in discussing this film. This hebetudinous movie was about as realistic as seeing a polar bear in sub-Saharan Africa (or Saharan Africa).

james&#039;s mom

I'm so sorry that James got to the computer when his father and I weren't watching. He used to be a normal boy. Then he saw this reactionary pile of crap, entitled "Forrest Gump" and, since then, we haven't been able to trust him alone in public as he so strongly identifies with the dimwitted hero. God Bless the Simpleminded.

Deno

Excellently crafted, snapshot of the late 20th century. The joy is in the ride, where the story is around the main character as opposed to about the main character. Truly stuning still.

Deno

Excellently crafted, snapshot of the late 20th century. The joy is in the ride, where the story is around the main character as opposed to about the main character. Truly stuning still.

David

Slightly over sentimental, but still brilliant after all these years. I'm from the UK so have no real insight into what other people are arguing about, but I thought the period of American history covered in the film was conveyed really well. The film does not contain the blank or cruel cynicism that seems to substitute as a moral compass for movie makers nowadays. What it does contain is tear jerking romance, exciting action scenes, comedy and deep insight into the human condition. Not stupid at all.

joethehandyman

"When there have been about, hmm lets see 0 good liberal presidents." yes, James, let us see...first off, there's FDR--kinda hard to forget since he was president FOREVER. then there's JFK, Clinton (a liberal for his era), and even Teddy Roosevelt, whose positions on many issues would also qualify him as a lib today. So 4 of the 5 most beloved presidents of the 20th century were liberals. at least you didn't use a negative number.

Jimmy

I'm laughing hard at James. Lincoln and Jefferson...conservatives? Don't make me laugh with your ignorance.

terry gorman

Best film of all time? American flag waving trash, and stultifyingly boring and stupid to boot. I've despised Tom Hanks ever since suffering through this piece of crap.