"Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale.
When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out--and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love. Now, Forrest Gump's telling all--in a madcap, screwball romp through three decades of the American landscape.
It's Gump's amazing travels...and you've got to hear them to believe them.
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This is not the movie
It should be noted that this is not based off of the movie, but it is the book which the movie was based off of. The book had a significantly different tone, indicated by the change in taglines. Instead of, "Life is like a box of chocolates," it's "Being an idiot is no box of chocolates." Read the wikipedia article on Forrest Gump for a list of differences.
With the same wit and charm as the book
Well obviously the book isn't going to be the same as the movie. The book has more detail, more hillarious moments. And when narrated by Winston Groom, the novel's original author, it almost has that same effect that Tom Hanks has: that wonderful, and funny tone. I give it five stars, but if you're strapped on cash, just buy the book. Unabridged, and even funnier.
Good but it's not the same!
The audio presentation of the movie is great, and still funny, but you really need the visual presentation to get the same feeling. Forrest's actions are much funnier on screen when being read about