I love the way some of the low rating reviewers of this movie patronise the rest of us by thinking they and only they can think about a movie. It's fiction, it's escapism. Their same arguments would ban any form of shoot 'em up or car racing video games, as they seem to assume all seen on screen is taken as fact by the plebs.
This movie is silly (or maybe daft), it is deeply and unashamedly sentimental, and it is not to be taken seriously in any way. It is apolitical and really makes no statements at all. At least in my view.
Get over that, and what you find is a delightful romp through recent American culture, lots of lovely in gags, and a protagonist who is too daft and harmless to be allowed to fail.
A truly stellar cast, the most blatant manipulation of emotions, high production values.
This film is a delight. Like a less zany "Being There"(which admittedly if you choose to go there, does have a message about the hollowness of society).
Forrest Gump bumbles through life, always seeking his one true love, protected by his mother from the consequences of his low intelligence- at least as long as she can (the wonderful Sally Field), goes to war, returns,is puzzled by and lost in 60's flower power culture, finds and loses his love (more than once) and mows lawns.
It is just a delight, of the movie family of "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Fried Green Tomatoes.." what I call a "big grin movie". There is nothing more to say.