What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though this Oscar winner's strong language, violence, and sexual situations make it questionable for young kids, its ultimately positive messages and entertaining take on three decades of American history make it a good choice for family viewing if you have mature teens. Parents may want to preview the movie for its realistic treatment of serious issues like child abuse, the civil rights movement, drugs, and war.
- Families can talk about American history and how it's seen through Forrest's eyes. What are his impressions of the Vietnam War? Of a young Elvis? Of the hippie movement?
- What would you say the movie's main message is? Are viewers meant to admire Forrest? To sympathize with him?
- If you've read the book the movie is based on, how do the two differ? Why do you think the filmmakers made the changes that they did?