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Updated on March 30th, 2019

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His ‘mama’ teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny.

Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times.

However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.

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Movie Reviews: “Forrest Gump

Movie Review: Los Angeles Times

Forrest Gump may have an IQ of 75, but don’t be telling him he’s slow. “What does normal mean anyway?” his mama always used to say, among other things. “Stupid is as stupid does.” A kind of holy fool who succeeds brilliantly in life while nominally wiser folk get all bollixed up, Forrest’s story offers a bemused chance to view the most turbulent decades of recent American history through a particularly harebrained lens.

There is magic in “Forrest Gump,” but almost by definition magic can’t last and it doesn’t here. In many ways a sweet piece of work with a gentle and eccentric sensibility, this Robert Zemeckis-directed film stumbles whenever it attempts what Forrest never did–forcing its charm in search of obvious sentimentality and grander points about society. Forrest would have been horrified, and, as usual, he would have been right.

Coming after “Being There,” “Rain Man” and what seems like every film starring Johnny Depp, “Forrest Gump” is a further example of Hollywood’s fascination with the mentally challenged. Given how cutthroat and dismissive an industry the movie business is, unlikely to so much as return Gump’s phone calls in real life, this determination to celebrate slowness as wisdom and to confuse the ability to make nice with moral profundity is certainly food for thought.

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Movie Review: New York Daily News

Sitting on a beach in Savannah, Ga., wearing a rumpled khaki suit and caring a small, battered suitcase, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) looks like a gentle fool. He is, in fact, a former college football star, a decorated hero of the Vietnam War, a key player (if only of Ping-Pong) in the opening of China to the West, a millionaire businessman, a New Age guru and a confidant of three Presidents (not to mention Elvis Presley).

And “Forrest Gump,” the magnificent new film that Robert Zemeckis has made from Eric Roth’s screenplay and Winston Groom’s novel, is deceptive, too. What looks at first like a bright, bouncy and sentimental trip through the baby-boom era (the film moves from 1943 to 1983) turns out, on closer inspection, to be a dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd.

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Movie Review: Hollywood Reporter

Forrest Gump is not stupid. Although his IQ is 75, he sees the world far clearer than most. Through his decent, childlike eyes, we too see things in a less confused and muddled way. In this cheerfully straight-arrow moral tale, Tom Hanks stars as the “wise fool” Forrest Gump and delivers yet another Oscar-level performance. Paramount will win sensational box office with this Robert Zemeckis-directed film.

Raised in the ’50s in rural Alabama by a single mother (Sally Field), Forrest, being “different,” must fend for himself, struggling against not only perceived expectations but boyhood bullies. He unwittingly finds that he’s blessed with a talent — he can run like the wind, which wins him a football scholarship to play for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. And there’s no stopping him after that.

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