It says a lot about the USA that they fell in love with a movie about a simpleton who achieves success with no effort (run Forrest run!), never questions authority, joins the army, get's his ass literaly shot off in an imperialist war, becomes rich through luck, only has sex for pro-creation and gains little or no insight about himself or the world around him despite all of his incredible experiences while Jenny is an independent free thinking liberal lefty that experiments with drugs and protests against the army because she was molested by her father, allows herself to be physically abused by her boyfriend and has a child out of wedlock with a retard before getting A.I.D.S. (probably from doing beastiality flicks) and dying.
I have to wonder if Zemekis really bought into that ideology or was he just fucking with people?
I say they make a sequel where he gets elected President and is reading Curious George to school children when he learns that the World Trade Center has been attacked.
Nice shot with the sequel idea.
But it's weird that you say "success with no effort" and then immediately mention that he ran his ass off for some time. As if running ultramarathons takes no effort. Weird contradiction you got there Creepy. Weird.
But, to be fair, I've never looked into the politics of Forrest Gump because the whole shooting match seems as simplistic as the main character to me. It doesn't come across as any deeper than Back To The Future. If there's an ounce of subtext in it I never noticed. And I wouldn't mind seeing Red Letter Media step out of the geek realm for a minute to take a swing at it.