Forrest Gump movie matched with Southern food

Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright & Gary Sinise

Rating 8/10


– It all begins with a loving mother (Sally Field) and little Forrest with the slow mind and the bent back, making him the perfect target for the local bullies. But, in true Forrest fashion, he breaks out of his braces and makes a run for it forming the foundation of his future life and the famous quote “Run, Forrest” by his good mate Jenny (Wright). – As he grows he kinda falls into his awesome life, just by the way he approaches it: he goes to College, plays football and heads off to the Vietnam war where he meets his two new buddies, Bubba (Mykelti Williamson) and Lt Dan Taylor (Sinise). Once back home, Forrest becomes a champion ping pong player, drives a shrimp boat and runs across America. – It’s as if he has the Midas touch, this is contrasted with Jenny who is heading in the opposite direction. She has done everything under the sun, taken all the drugs, joined dangerous political movements, slept with countless fellas and always returns to Forrest in some kind of mess.  Like Forrest, Jenny is always running. In the end she gets it together, they get it together but disaster is not far behind our poor old Jen-neee.


What better way to start your Forrest Gump feast than with Fried Green Tomatoes Oh my. Have you ever tried these? I must whip up a batch now. Excuse me…

Fried green tomatoes

Image: My Recipes


This is one well known and well quoted film. Most people reference it like it’s a comedy or a bit of a joke but it is quite the opposite. Forrest Gump was one of the first films to do CGI really well. It all started with the feather… and ended with the feather… remember? There were also Gump cameos thrown into real footage of famous American moments and it is almost seamless. This is an unbelievable story made believable. And it all has to do with the character of Forrest who sees the world in such a simple way that the audience is left believing that anything is possible… unless you’re highly cynical.

There is so much in this film. It comments on historical, political and social moments and issues, it flashes through a few decades of social change, of complex happenings in such a gentle and good hunoured way. It shows us our western world through Forrest’s eyes.

It is a sad, happy, simple, complex and totally watchable film. It is firmly set in our pop culture history but that doesn’t mean it lacks heart. In fact it is all heart and that’s what makes it so good, that and the killer soundtrack. The performances are also solid. There are so many great actors in this movie.

Hanks does a really good job considering the complexities of his character. He doesn’t make fun of the more simple kinda people in our world but gives them a voice and a face. He shines a light on the value of these people in our messed up world. Then there’s Sally Field (and who wouldn’t love a mum like her?), Gary Sinise, Robin Wright (who defines grittiness) and a very cute and little Haley Joel Osment.

So pop off your cynical glasses for a sec and indulge in a little lovely Hollywood fantasy.

Main meal:

If you’re looking for an authentic Southern dish that would go perfectly with Forrest Gump you cannot go past Shrimp and Okra Gumbo aye!?

Forrest Gump Trivia:

  • Budget – $55 Million
  • 3 Actors who turned down the role of Forrest were: Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase.
  • To make Sinise’s lower legs disappear, they wrapped them in blue material to be digitally figured out later.
  • Little bro, Jim Hanks often doubled for bro Tom in the running scenes.
  • When he was shooting the football running scene, Tom was just getting over having the flu.
  • The missing dialogue when Forrest’s microphone is disconnected is apparently:

“Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”

  • The first school bus has a few Hollywood kids on it: the first boy is director Robert Zemeckis’ son and the girl with the red hair is Hanks’ daughter.
  • In the ping pong scenes the ball was animated… there was no ball
  • Sally Field was only ten years older than Tom Hanks
  • Hanks decided not to be paid for the film but took percentage points which ultimately gave him $40 million dollars. (Lucky gamble).
  • Kurt Russell claims he did the voice of Elvis Presley but he was uncredited.
  • The part when Forrest keeps on running was based on a real event, a 16 year old fella ran from New Jersey to San Fran in 1982.

Dessert: OK, for your eating pleasure, I present you with not one, but TWO dessert ideas. So you can make one or both. First is a beautiful Southern Strawberry Pie and the second is your very own homemade box of Chocolates! Oh my. Let’s make both.

Did I get it right? What would you eat while watching Forrest Gump?

More amazing films with yummy food:

* Braveheart film paired with Scottish servings
* The English Patient movie matched with Egyptian cuisine
Titanic film matched with actual Titanic food