Saturday, February 15, 2014

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Jenny Curran: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?
Forrest Gump: Who I'm gonna be?
Forrest Gump: Aren't-aren't I going to be me?
Forrest Gump: Will you marry me?
[Jenny turns and looks at him]
Forrest Gump: I'd make a good husband, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: You would, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: ...But you won't marry me.
Jenny Curran: [sadly] ... You don't wanna marry me.
Forrest Gump: Why don't you love me, Jenny?
[Jenny says nothing]
Forrest Gump: I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is.
Forrest Gump: What's the matter, Mama?
Mrs. Gump: I'm dying, Forrest. Come on in, sit down over here.
Forrest Gump: Why are you dying, Mama?
Mrs. Gump: It's my time. It's just my time. Oh, now, don't you be afraid, sweetheart. Death is just a part of life. Something we're all destined to do. I didn't know it, but I was destined to beyour mama. I did the best I could.
Forrest Gump: You did good. 
Mrs. Gump: Well, I happen to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you. 
Forrest Gump: What's my destiny, Mama? 
Mrs. Gump: You're gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna to get. 
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them. 
Mrs. Gump: I will miss you, Forrest. 
Forrest Gump: [voice over] She had got the cancer and died on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it.
[back on the bus bench where the elderly woman sitting next to Forrest is crying] 
Forrest Gump: And that's all I have to say about that.
Forrest Gump: You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.