14Jenny's Dorm Room - Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

While widely acclaimed, Forrest Gump as a whole has many problematic areas. Its treatment of race and handicapped individuals aside, the portrayal of the titular character's lifelong love interest, Jenny, is far from feminist. Though likely meant to be emblematic of the times, Jenny winds up with

various men throughout her life who leave much to be desired, while keeping her adoring best friend, Forrest, at an arm's length.

That is, until she brings him back to her dorm room one rainy night, and the two strip down. Rather than being sensitive to Forrest's different mental state, Jenny asks him if he's ever seen a woman topless before… and then proceeds to take off her bra and place his hand on her breast. The scene adds nothing to the (admittedly far-fetched) plot of the movie, and does little to endear Jenny to the audience prior to her later tryst with Forrest. It's hard to understand what the writers were thinking, beyond "Let's make everyone uncomfortable with this scene."

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