Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump is my all-time favorite movie, and one that I’ve watched countless times. It has brought me to tears and has made me laugh over and over again, and it never gets old with each reviewing.

In the present, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is waiting at the bus stop to ride to a particular destination. While sitting, various people join him, and he recounts his life story as they listen.

Unintelligent, and born needing leg braces, Forrest’s childhood is constantly hindered by people’s judgment. His mother goes to great lengths to give him a good education, and his only friend is a girl whom he meets on his first day of school and falls in love with, Jenny Curan (Robin Wright). One miraculous day, Forrest and Jenny are walking in the woods when three bullies give chase to Forrest; Jenny tells him to run and he does, resulting in his leg braces breaking, which allows him to sprint away.

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Forrest and Jenny stick together all throughout high school. Forrest is constantly badgered by the boys who pick on him, who now chase him in a truck. While running to evade the bullies, Forrest’s running skills catches the attention of a college football coach who happens to be nearby, scouting for players. Forrest then receives a football scholarship to the University of Alabama.

Meanwhile, Jenny also attends college at an all-girls university. She is eventually expelled for her troubles and Forrest goes on to graduate, and subsequently enlists in the military. There, he meets Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue. Shortly after their training, both are sent to fight in the Vietnam War. Forrest agrees to join Bubba and his family in the shrimping business after the war is over. However, in the midst of a fight, Bubba is killed. Forrest saves many men in his platoon, including Lieutenant Dan, who, afterwards, was furious at him for doing so; it was his destiny, he claimed, to die on the battlefield. Dan’s legs are amputated, and Forrest is awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery.

While in recovery, Forrest discovers his talent in ping-pong and begins to play competitively, eventually becoming a celebrity and going on to play against the Chinese team.

At a Vietnam War-protest in D.C., Forrest reunites with Jenny, who has begun living life as a hippie, and has been doing her own travels. She then boards a bus, leaving Forrest behind once more. They continue their lives separately: Forrest enters into the shrimping business with Lieutenant Dan, while Jenny embraces the counterculture life.

It is revealed that Forrest is waiting for the bus to see Jenny. Once they reunite again, he meets her son, Forrest Jr., who is named after his father. Jenny proposes to Forrest and they marry, and she passes away a while later.

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My favorite scene from the movie was the hug between Forrest and Jenny in front of the Washington Monument– cheesy as it sounds, it brings me to tears every time. An inspirational, deeply moving and deeply thoughtful picture, Forrest Gump examines the aspects of love, hope, friendship, and warfare in life. Forrest encourages all of us to make the best out of life, and to each enjoy our own box of chocolates.You may not know what you’re going to get– but in the end, they’re all sweet.