By the time FORREST GUMP swept most of the major 1994 Academy Awards, it had already become the third highest-grossing film of all time, as well as a ubiquitous pop phenomenon embracing best-selling books, gnomic catch phrases, and reams of commentary on the editorial pages of magazines
and newspapers throughout the world. Clearly a great event, FORREST GUMP is not, however, a great film. It has the form of an epic without real depth or resonance; the trappings of satire without a coherent attitude; and the semblance of historical revisionism without a critical sensibility. To
paraphrase the screenplay, FORREST GUMP is not a smart film, but it knows what love is--i...