People, people, people. This movie is a fairy tale, like Snow White and Pan's Labyrinth. It wasn't made to be taken too seriously as all you seemingly are taking it as. It's a tall tale, it's delightfully funny while capturing American sentimentalism as well. Forrest is the modern day Mr. Smith - getting ahead with innocence and optimism. I guess it might just be too lighthearted for cynical film snobs?