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Forrest Gump, the Movie Loved By Everyone's Grandma

<i>Forrest Gump</i>, the Movie Loved By Everyone's Grandma

Forrest Gump was a fable without a moral, the key to its maddening success. At the end of the movie, the idiot-who-always-failed-up tried to make sense of the story himself.

Was his life a tribute to destiny or accidents, he wondered, in a moment of striving depth. Then he shrugged off the question: "Maybe it's both." But dumb ol' Forrest was right. (Like always.) Both theories boil down to fate, and Forrest Gump may be the most curiously fated film in modern history.

Now rereleased in IMAX, this sweet-as-mass-produced-chocolate mega-hit is adored by everyone's grandma but was based on a novel about a mentally challenged giant who lived with cannibals, blasted off into space, and was great in the sack. For every blessing that falls at movie Forrest's feet like a feather from the sky, karma punishes his loved ones, not that he notices. (And the film can't look them in the eye either.)

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Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Paramount Pictures
Opens September 5



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They live complicated lives we only glimpse in the margins beyond Forrest's myopia. His jilted mom prostitutes herself to get her boy into a better school. His crush sleeps her way through the era where misogyny cloaked itself in peace and love, all while being stalked with Jason Voorhees relentlessness by her flat-topped childhood playmate.

At war, Forrest doesn't kill anyone. He doesn't get PTSD. He doesn't even have a clue why he's there. The film is so afraid to dredge up debate that when Abbie Hoffman hands Forrest the microphone at an anti-war rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him — fitting for a movie with nothing to say.

 
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24 comments
m113461
m113461

Well I love this movie and will pay my hard earned money to see it on the giant screen again.Come on everyone let's go enjoy this movie again.

TheBride
TheBride

I never understood why this movie was so acclaimed.

Frank Vieira
Frank Vieira

I never liked this movie and i just don't get what others see in this.

Ted Cantu
Ted Cantu

You guys have gone seriously downhill now for months ---- no heart, no brains, no guts

Patrick Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney

this is the worst piece ive ever seen posted on village voice. wtf slams this film and claims it had nothing to say. you have no clue what you're talking about

Colin O'Neil
Colin O'Neil

Don't have opinions, find success. What I learned

William Boyd
William Boyd

The smart person's Forrest Gump: Being There, starring Peter Sellers, from 1979.

William Boyd
William Boyd

Exactly---just be a passive moron, because ignorance is bliss.

John T Sahtila Jr
John T Sahtila Jr

Putting this movie in imax doesn't make sense. Shitting on this movie is ridiculous as well. These critics probably creamed over The Butler.

Iiro Andersson
Iiro Andersson

Oh my Godot, I am so happy! That review is the stup... silliest piece of stuff I've seen in a good long time. True enough, silly is as silly does. Woo! Thank you!

radioanngal
radioanngal

Forrest Gump is the ultimate metaphor for the United States: even retards can be successful. If that's not the American story, I don't know what is. 

Ken Caudill
Ken Caudill

If you don't get Forrest Gump, you have no business being a movie critic. Get thee to MacDonald's.

Lee Lorenz
Lee Lorenz

Forrest Gump does have something to say: work hard, be humble, dont judge anyone, live a simple life, practice what you love, do what you love and dont chase money.

Robert St. Mary
Robert St. Mary

That may be true, but she was still more outside that Forrest... and she suffered/died. Plus, she was a loose woman... SHOCKER!

Lee Lorenz
Lee Lorenz

cant remember Jenny questioning the system, just remember her getting high. That anti-Vietnam stuff was just her following the trend of the day. And that a-hole boyfriend.

Robert St. Mary
Robert St. Mary

Actually, Forest Gump does have something to say. It says, be stupid and don't challenge the system and you will live (like Forrest). But, if you ask questions and challenge the system you will suffer and die (like Jenny, who gets AIDS).

Richard Fox
Richard Fox

gee brandon. first learn to spell "moron". in the meantime it IS a dumb movie.

Brendon McIntyre
Brendon McIntyre

you guys are mormons if you think forrest jump had nothing to say.

m113461
m113461

I think he is calling you a Mormon,nothing wrong with that.

 

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