The Curious Case of Benjamin Gump.

The basic point of the video below has been made by many people already, but it’s still fun to see that point illustrated with clips from the movies themselves. I think the main thing missing is the fact that, if I recall correctly, both Forrest Gump and Benjamin Button are concerned that their offspring be more “normal” than them.
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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Travis

    I think Benjamin does mention to Daisy at one point, just after he’s learned that she’s pregnant, that he’s worried their daughter might be born like him.

    It’s only one line, delivered with as much emotion one usually musters when talking about a can of chili, but it further cements this running gag.

  • Travis

    Ah…after rereading the post, I realize repeating what you already had stated (I misread and thought you were stating that the offspring concern was missing from the film of Button, and not the parody)

    My mistake.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    No worries — it’s good to have my recollection confirmed!