This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the release of "Forrest Gump," Robert Zemeckis’s comedy-drama about the simple-minded title character (Tom Hanks) who recounts his tale of bumbling again and again into the biggest events of the late 20th century, according to Yahoo Movies.
The movie, which opened on July 6, 1994, became an immediate phenomenon: It took in close to $700 million worldwide; won six Oscars, including best picture and best actor for Hanks; had a twelve-time platinum-selling soundtrack; and even inspired a chain of seafood-slinging restaurants named Bubba Gump Shrimp.
As big as the movie became, though, not many people remember how politically divisive it was at the time. For all of Forrest’s brushes with power, the movie overlooks the feminist movement. And the onscreen treatment of the counterculture in general isn’t exactly glowing. While Forrest plays college football, joins the Army, and starts a business, his childhood sweetheart, Jenny (Robin Wright), becomes a folk-singing stripper, then an anti-war hippie, and then a hard-partying drug addict before dying of what’s presumed to be AIDS. Some viewers took her tragic end to be a form of punishment for her earlier choices.
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