Yet Jennys dabbling in the counterculture movement is portrayed as being counterproductive. Not only does her boyfriend turn out to be physically abusive (thus suggesting that hippies are not as peaceful as they seem), but Jenny comes down with some kind of virus that is implied to be sexually transmitted. Thus, the subjugation of women is perpetuated in the film. Jennys sexual liberation experiment failed. She tried to be independent and cultivate a life free of societal expectations but in the end she is conscripted to being a domestic servant and mother who is punished for her “sins” and divergence from American family values by dying.
Forrest Gump is the ultimate family values guy. He has no political consciousness. He blindly follows what authority figures say, evidenced by his amazing successes in the United States Army. Gumps bravery in battle emphasizes the idealized American hero — he is G.I. Gump.
The moral issues of the Vietnam War are never seriously called into question. On the contrary, Forrests bravery subsumes any attempt to suggest that the war was a spurious one representative of sinister American foreign policies.
Although the names, dates, and places depicted in the film are for the most part accurate, Forrest Gump is a repository for fallacies and propaganda. The hippie movement is depicted not just as a failure but also as a morally degenerate movement. Intellectualism is spurned, by featuring a non-intellectual hero as being representative of the apex of American values. If Forrest Gump is the idealized American, then the idealized American is one that takes the status quo at face value, never questions the government, and conforms to social norms..