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True story:

My mother, 80 years old, asked me "What's that movie?"

"What movie?"

"You know, the one with that guy..."

"..."

"Run... Homer..."

"Homer Simpson?"

"No. Maybe. Was it Homer Simpson? Anyways, he started this restaurant, I think they sold chicken. Or maybe it was a warehouse..."

"..."

"You know this movie! He was in the army, and his best friend died."

I thought about the conversation for perhaps 15 seconds, then gave a guess.
"Was it {movie name}?"

I was right.

Given the clues as I got them, can you also guess what movie she was referring to?

Many of her clues were wrong, but some of it is right. This conversation is nearly verbatim as written.

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    $\begingroup$ Now we know where all your puzzles secretly come from! $\endgroup$ – jafe Feb 8 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ @jafe Not all, just this one and this one. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Feb 8 at 19:48
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    $\begingroup$ Aaaah, so that's how one can circumvent Movies.SE's ban on story-identification :-) $\endgroup$ – Jenayah Feb 8 at 23:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Chowzen seems that there is only one question (this) marked with the tag true. Do you think that this is absolutely necessary? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Feb 24 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Glorfindel How about this? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Feb 24 at 13:11
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Was it

Forrest Gump?

Reasoning:

Mention of "Run"

and

Forrest and Lt. Dan sell shrimp (not chicken)

and

Forrest's friend Bubba (for whom the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is named) dies?

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I think it was:

Good Will Hunting

"You know, the one with that guy..."

Clearly Robin Williams

"Run... Homer..."

The story he tells about the big game

"You know this movie! He was in the army, and his best friend died."

He tells this story as well

"No. Maybe. Was it Homer Simpson? Anyways, he started this restaurant, I think they sold chicken. Or maybe it was a warehouse..."

Ok, I guess not... Huh... Unless these were the details she was getting wrong?

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