One of the most beloved movies recorded in Georgia is Forrest Gump. This movie is the story of a man who has an IQ of 75. He manages to involve himself in all major events in American history between the 1950s and the 1980s. What makes them unique is how he survives everything around him using his shields of niceness and honesty.
This movie did not turn into a story simply about a mentally retarded man to warm our hearts. Instead, it’s more about seeing through the eyes of someone who lacks cynicism and who takes things at face value. He is a man who seems to be just clever enough.
Forrest was born in Alabama to a mother who owns a boardinghouse. She tried to correct his posture by him wearing braces on his legs, but always encouraged him mentally. Though Forrest is called stupid by other children in his school, he ends up being able to do many profound things throughout his life. One day, the braces fall off his legs and he discovers he can run exceptionally fast.
Forrest is awarded a college football scholarship because of his running. He then fights in Vietnam and receives the medal of honor, while also becoming a ping-pong champion. He then becomes the captain of the shrimp boat and, soon after, a millionaire stockholder of Apple Computer. Later in life, he takes a run across America, then turns around and runs the other way.
Many people may argue that Forrest would not be able to understand the things that have happened to him because of his IQ of 75. Thing is, he is able to understand all he needs to know. Everything else is simply surplus. He understands love and commitment, and that gets him through a lot of challenges in life.
Forrest Gump is a movie that makes you think twice about people with disabilities. It is a wonderful story and one of my favorites.