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Top Five Movies of Robin Wright

“Jenny? Jenny?”

I have to imagine Robin Wright has to hear that everywhere she goes. Kind of like I would imagine that Mandy Patinkin hears “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die” and Wallace Shawn hears, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” Heck, I still say it in my head as soon as I meet anyone or hear of anyone named Jenny. (I’ve trained myself not to say it out loud, kind of like I’ve trained myself not to exclaim, “Wow, those are nice fake tits” every ten minutes or so as I walk the streets of Hollywood.)

Robin Wright

Then again, she’s done quite a few movies and maybe “Forrest Gump” isn’t as popular now. Maybe Robin gets people saying that she looks beautiful or just clamming up as her beauty renders them speechless. Maybe I’m the only one still stuck in 1994. How stuck am I? Well I know that no matter what, this weekend’s “Moneyball” won’t unseat Robin’s top two movies in my eyes, but you never know on the rest of her top five.

5. The Singing Detective

From what I can tell, this movie didn’t really work all that well. However, with a cast that includes Robin, Robert Downey Jr., Adrien Brody, Mel Gibson and Katie Holmes, it is kind of intriguing if for nothing else than to see why it didn’t work.

4. The Pledge

I want to see this movie. I hear great things. However, because I worked at a movie theater when it came out, I can’t help but laugh a bit when I think about it, so I have to still wait until that urge is gone. You see, a blind couple used to frequent my theater. They would come to see movies all the time. “The Pledge” baffled them, because, as I understand it, there is no dialogue in the last 20 minutes or so of the movie. So, one of our ushers went in with them during another showing to describe to them what was on the screen. That still makes me laugh.

3. Unbreakable

My skepticism with M. Night Shyamalan started with the last five minutes or so of this movie. After “The Sixth Sense” and most of this one, I loved the man as a director. Unfortunately, those last five minutes were a harbinger of things to come.

2. The Princess Bride

One of my favorite movies of all time (as evidenced by my choice of quotes above), Robin as Princess Buttercup is the perfect damsel in distress. I bought my first copy of this movie at a Blockbuster in St. Louis on the day Andre the Giant died. (Tips cup of coffee to the great holocaust cloak store in the sky.)

1. Forrest Gump

I know, I know, I can already hear your voices. “It’s not that great of a movie, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ were so much better. Overrated.” Maybe. Maybe there was too much coincidence in the life of Forrest and the happenings of the world. Still, at the heart of the movie is some of the most genuine emotion I’ve seen on screen. Forrest unconditionally loves and accepts people as they are. Whether it’s the lovely Jenny, played by Robin, his mother, Captain Dan or Bubba, no matter what, he loves them and he will do anything for them. It’s not overcoming injustice or great, witty lines showing characters that really know how the world works, it’s the opposite, a man that blithely avoids obstacles and is earnest in every encounter. When he finally meets his son at the end, another child who hasn’t yet become jaded about the world, he finally receives that unconditional love back. He stands tall and faces the only fear he shows in the movie with just the simple words, “Is he smart?” It gets me every time. I can go back and forth on which of the movies of 1994 are best and can understand arguments for “Quiz Show,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” but I am still so amazed that they existed together in a damn near perfect year for movies.

Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Robin Wright top five?

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