Things That Suck: Forrest Gump.

I just re-watched Forrest Gump.

poorpoorLieutenantDan
I understand your pain Lieutenant Dan.

When I was younger I loved this movie. Good music. Memorable catchphrases. And it touches on all of the most historically memorable moments of the last half of the 20th century.

It’s basically baby-boomer porn.

Now I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older and more cynical, or because I first watched it during my formative years when I was a dumb kid that still liked things. But upon re-watching I was quite repulsed by the message the movie espouses.

Let me explain…

After trying to escape her traumatic past Jenny bravely goes out in the world. She tries her hardest to follow her dreams and subsequently gets involved in a series of major social and political scandals. She experiments with all that life has to offer.  And eventually dies of AIDS.

Unless you’re Jenny. Then you get AIDS.
Unless you’re Jenny. Then you get AIDS.

Forrest, on the other hand, does whatever he’s told to do. All the time. He doesn’t think too deeply about anything or make any hard decisions at any point in his life. Yet he manages to meet numerous famous and influential people on his way to becoming a multi-millionaire war hero.

The movie is telling us – do what you’re told and you will be successful to the standard society has set, or, follow your dreams and you will die of AIDS.

That is a grotesque and thoroughly repulsive morality to send out to the masses.

Or, alternatively, it teaches us that it is better to be a functionally retarded man than to be a woman.

Fuck you Forrest Gump.
Fuck you Forrest Gump.
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5 thoughts on “Things That Suck: Forrest Gump.

  1. HA wow I feel like I need to go back and re-watch it now…Or maybe not, maybe I’ll leave it back in my fond memory bank 🙂 Really interesting take on it, and I enjoyed reading about your experience. I have gone back and watched other shows even some cartoons from my youth and the messages being pumped through are quite hilarious – hilarious because they are so blatant and obvious. Thanks, Sharon

  2. Interesting perspective, thanks for the insight. They say we don’t see the world the way it is, we see it the way we are. So, I guess you get out of Forest Gump whatever you brought to it that day.

    One day, I resented the fucking bastard for being handed jobs and money. The next time I saw it, I thought, “Where’s all the lifelong bullying? Isn’t that a requisite function of being different?” Third time–and last time–I saw it, I realized how utterly phony and contrived the whole thing was and what the hell am I doing wasting a weekend afternoon on THIS Hollywood treacle?

    Not hard to see where I was coming from. Or you.

    1. That sounds true enough. Like how drinking exacerbates ones current emotional state.

      Forrest Gump manages to be all of those things at the same time. It’s also proof that baby boomers are one of the most self aggrandising of all the generations.

      Cheers for the input.

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