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Since Oscar-winning best picture FORREST GUMP was released, Robert Zemeckis’ film has easily moved into the pop culture consciousness. How many lines can you quote from this film? Who hasn’t done one Forrest Gump impression in their lives? Some scenes now gain a humor that wasn’t original there just because of the number of times they have been parodied. Having seen the film several times over the years and hearing varying impressions, I’m struck by how chameleon-like the themes are depending on the angle one wants to look at it. From destiny versus freewill to optimism versus pessimism to conforming versus rebellion, what does the film mean to you?
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks, PHILADELPHIA) is a slow man, but he’s never let that get in the way of life. His mother (Sally Field, NORMA RAE) always said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Ever since the first day of school, Forrest has been friends with Jenny (Robin Wright Penn, THE PRINCESS BRIDE). Their lives couldn’t be more different. Forrest’s mother is supportive and kind, while Jenny’s father is an abusive drunk. Despite having a twisted spine as a child, Forrest grows up to be a lightning runner, which allows him to attend the University of Alabama on a football scholarship. During the course of his life, he will become a witness to school integration, a Vietnam War hero, a international ping-pong champion, a shrimp boat captain, a millionaire businessman, a gardener at his hometown high school, and an inspirational guru. Jenny’s life course will traverse many of the more revolutionary and shady elements of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
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