Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.
I had this teacher in high school, Mr. Carpenter, who’d show Forrest Gump throughout all his classes for a day at the end of the year. He’d start the movie during his first period and just let it play on repeat until his last class.
Anyway, my class was taking a test or something, and it got to this scene. This is one of my favorite sequences for a number of reasons. First, it makes Jenny’s plot totally cyclical. By this point in the film, we’ve nearly forgotten about Jenny’s father’s molestation of her and her sister, and we’ve seen Jenny make a lot of mistakes during her life. When this happens, though, it all comes back, and we see just how much she was affected by her father’s crimes.
Secondly, it reaffirms that Forrest was always there for Jenny no matter what. The look on his face says it all: he doesn’t understand, but he knows that Jenny is hurt and upset, and that’s all he needs to know to be by her side. It’s a very emotional scene that ties together a lot of the film’s themes.
So there I was, sitting in class, quietly admiring the resonance of this part of the film, when a girl yelled out, “WHY DID SHE THROW HER SHOES?!” Over and over again, “YEAH, BUT WHY HER SHOES???”
And now every time I see this movie, I hear that girl’s voice in the back of my mind, echoing through space and time:
"WHY DID SHE THROW HER SHOES?!"