VIDEO: Forrest Gump (1994)

In this episode of Mr. Mendo’s Hack Attack, Mr. Mendo lists the 7 worst things about Forrest Gump, the tale of a simpleminded buffoon who somehow lucks into having the greatest life ever, while everyone around him suffers and dies horribly. But you probably know this movie best as the 1994 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, beating out Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption despite being mawkish, syrupy, and nauseatingly trite.

Join Mendo as he rights some wrongs, solves the Kennedy assassination, exposes the fascist ideology of Tom Hanks, reveals what’s in Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase, and takes a cue from the film itself by raping as many classic pop songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s as humanly possible.

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  • Angel

    “Oh, $hit!”
    -My thoughts exactly, pal.

  • I agree with most of what you are saying, but regarding #1 “She was molested as a child, but the movie never makes anything of it.” Her string of abusive relationships and self-destructive behaviors all tie back into it. I think if anything you could say the movie is more about where you come from (In terms of family and home environment) matters more than who you are. Which is why his Son will be ok.

    Also, the briefcase bit was very amusing.

  • Edwin Lee Pope

    the movie was a bit much but it was still a good movie and yes if it haven ‘t came out the same time as pub fiction then pub fiction might had won best picture. it just one of the movie that you enter like for what it is or you hate it for what it is.

  • Person X

    “…I’d swear Forrest was the Angel of Death”.

    LOL at that part. You forgot to mention also that Nixon is forced to resign after meeting Forrest (As a result of another historical event trivialized by the movie).

    Loved the recap. I liked this movie when I was younger, but, while it still certainly has virtues (The acting and the cinematography, as you mentioned), I’ve wised up to its politics since.

  • SFord

    So a person wanting to make a coming-of-age movie set in the Vietnam era should commit suicide but a fat guy wearing shades indoors using recycled internet jargon while being awkward on camera should keep posting stuff? Ok.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Yup, that sounds about right…

      • Cecil

        Dont know whether to see that as pretentious, arrogant, douchebaggery or all three.

        • Michael A. Novelli

          You’re absolutely right! I should *never* stand behind my own opinions!

          It’s bad manners, you know…

          • Larsflyger

             You shouldn’t if they’re bullshit.

          • TheCrazyFish

             I wouldn’t say someone wanting to make a clichéd movie should kill himself, but I fail to see how a fat guy wearing shades indoors is evil.

  • Don’t care for the minor political jabs, but whatever. I used to like Forrest Gump, ’til I realized I don’t. After reading the novels after the film was released, I prefer the novels.

    I’m surprised Judge Doom and Doc Brown weren’t around in this movie to allow Forrest to time travel. Oh, sorry, Forrest wasn’t time traveling? Oh, I see, he was narrating the story. My bad.

    What irks me about this movie is people (losers that surround me at work) kept doing Forrest, or Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday, for FOUR TO SIX YEARS after 1994 came, gone, left, and was forgotten. Equally annoying is homages or parodies, or even uses, of Pulp Fiction. I LOVE Pulp Fiction. Hell, I can recite the movie word for word, tone for tone, and complete in proper time, but I’m tired of seeing references to it in the years after.

    Any chance of doing the same treatment to Mr. Holland’s Opus? Or Class of 1984? (I state that, to me, Class of 1984 is a warm, fuzzy film, fun for the whole family.)

  • Gunflyer

    My names Boringest, Boringest Chump.

  • Dillon

    Don’t care enough to do a point-by-point rebuttal, but it seems to me that whoever made this video either doesn’t “get” “Forrest Gump,” or doesn’t want to understand the movie on its own terms.  I mean, even if you thought that “Forrest Gump” has some unfortunate undertones–and it does, I’ll grant that–it’s not an offensively bad movie.  It’s well-made, it has memorable (though perhaps simple) characters, and it does touch on a specific–and I would argue poignant–nerve about the baby-boomer generation.

    I understand that small-name Internet “critics” have their best shot at fame through attacking beloved cultural icons (looking at you, Yahtzee), but I think it’s important to distinguish a movie that’s bad from a movie that you happen not to like.

  • T. Morrissey

    I hate Forrest Gump with a passion reserved for few other movies, but this review is so clueless and arduous that I actually found myself mentally defending the movie. It’s astounding how you miss the point of even the most obvious stuff, and yet you also manage to pull off intellectual leaps just to bash others. I have a LOT of time for people who want to talk shit about Forrest Gump, but I couldn’t even finish watching this.

  • Eric Norcross

    What a phenomenally irritating video. If you don’t know how to watch movies and gauge why a filmmaker made certain decisions, then you’re not qualified to review movies. Watching a movie and being able to see a movie are two different things. “You’re a sad little man and I pitty you.” 🙂

    • $36060516

      That came off a little rude, but since you ended it with a ” 🙂 ” it’s all cool.

      • Eric Norcross


  • Sean

    “A robot”? What? So people who decide to live a certain way can’t actually make decisions for themselves? This is a problem I often have with the modern left (you know, as opposed to the original left who thought freedom to make your own choices was a good thing). They seem to think that people don’t make decisions for themselves. That people aren’t actually people. They’re really just robots. Well fuck that. Treat people like adults that make their own decisions and have autonomy.

    • MichaelANovelli

      But, Forrest doesn’t make any decisions. He just kinda ping-pongs back and forth between whatever people happen to be talking the loudest.

      • Burn_the_Witch

        As opposed to the modern leftist which believes in collectivist philosophy and whatever their perceived intellectual guardians tell them? That’s rich.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Finally, someone gets it! ^_^