The movie Forrest Gump is a 142-minute lesson in how a man with an IQ of 75 can make it in a world . . . if he is an existentialist. Intelligence is needed to navigate the world of essence and definitions: to be clever, to manipulate, to plan, to scheme. None of that is for Forrest. He simply exists. He never even tries to marry or win over his beloved Jenny, but rather, simply accepts her as his “all,” with no reference to himself.
Forrest Gump is the lovable version of Camus' Mersault. Forrest is an everyday Zen master. Forrest is perhaps the most radical existential character in all of film and literature.
He is also the most popular movie character of all time, according to a recent massive fan poll.
His existentialism and popularity aren't a coincidence.