Leading up to when I saw this movie, I had heard all kinds of raves from everyone, from my parents to my friends to my teachers. After I watched it, I wondered, "why?" The only reason I didn't storm the Internet with negative rants is for great performances, still great effects, and funny moments scattered throughout. At this point, you may wonder, "what else is there to a great movie?" Others will note that I didn't mention story. The story is moderatly rediculous, although, thanks to Tom Hanks and his now legendary performance, it is made a tad easier to believe. Robin Wright is great as Jenny, and the rest of the cast is perfect in their roles. The main issue with Forrest Gump is that it tries to be deep and insightful, when really, it just isn't. Honestly, this didn't deserve to win Best Picture at the Oscars, esspecially since it was up against one of the most influencial movies of the 20th century, Pulp Fiction, and, a movie that may be better than Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption. These three movies all try to have layers in their story: the only difference is that all of them but Gump succeeds.
Kids will undoubtedly be interested, but this is not a movie for the youngest ones. There's a little bit of everything bad in this (I honestly don't think commercialism is an issue), including the good stuff. Part of the movie takes place at war, and there are sad deaths. A porn magazine is seen and there is a love scene. There is relatively infrequent language that mixes in things that could be said on network TV to s--t and f--k. In one scene, a character sniffs cocaine. The shot is brief and from a distance so it will fly over young one's heads.
All in all, Forrest Gump is a hopelessly overrated movie with a few redeeming factors and large appeal.