Released 1994 (USA)
American, in English
Director – Robert Zemeckis
Stars – Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson
The life and times of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a man born with a slightly-below-average IQ. Field co-stars as his mother; Wright as his love interest, Jenny; Sinise as his the leader of his Vietnam-era Army platoon (and later friend), Lt. Dan Taylor; and Williamson as his best Army buddy, Bubba Blue.
Very minimal blue language; somewhat graphic war violence (but that part of the movie is brief); non-graphic sexual scenarios (no nudity), one of which heavily implies child molestation.
I remember people at the time making a big deal out of the technology used to insert Forrest into well-known historic footage, such as a meeting with President Johnson. That special effect hasn’t held up well. In fact, it’s really bad/creepy.
It’s SO cheesy, really cringe- and eye roll-inducing cheesy. So you want me to believe that [SPOILERS] Forrest, as a child, not only met Elvis but also gave him his dance moves? That because he can run really fast, he magically gets a football scholarship to college? That he was unintentionally responsible for or present at many of the cool things that happened in the 1960s and 70s? [END SPOILERS] I know I’m supposed to find this stuff cute/funny/charming but I don’t. I think it’s stupid and annoying.
If you wade through all the cheese, you eventually get to some genuinely funny stuff. The line “One night, it started to rain. It didn’t stop for four months.” had me laughing out loud. So too did the homage to Midnight Cowboy.
Loved Gary Sinise in this. I thought he was the best part.
It’s good-hearted. It’s difficult to dislike a film this sweet. It feels sort of wrong, like disliking Forrest himself just because he’s goofy and stupid.
I successfully avoided this movie for 20 years. Back in my younger days, I had a strong dislike of “The Toms” – Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. I did my best not to see any of their movies. Although everyone I know raves about “Forrest Gump,” I never saw it because, I reasoned, I already disliked Tom Hanks, why would I want to watch a movie of him acting stupid? Although my opinion of Hanks later changed (my opinion of Cruise did not), I still never had any desire to see this film. To me, it just looked sappy and cheesy.
I was not wrong. It was even cheesier than I was anticipating. Even so, as I said above, it’s kind of hard to dislike it. While I’ll probably never watch it again, or recommend it to anyone, I don’t loathe it as I have some other winners (The Greatest Show on Earth, Tom Jones). Do I think it deserved the win? Probably not. It’s not groundbreaking nor does it delve into any meaty issues, but it is incredibly likable.
I give it 3 stars.