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How disheartening for someone to be surrounded by people whom constantly torment and ridicule them because they are slow In Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis we follow an Alabama man throughout his life Forrest Gump is a dim man who has a heart of gold He has to face many obstacles in his life but ends up overcoming them Forrest is present for many famous historical events such as the Vietnam War the Watergate Scandal and parts of the Civil Rights Movement but he could care less about that because all he cares for is Jenny Curran Robin Wright Jenny is his love since childhood and the most of the film is based on Forrests attempts to win her over The film opens with a young Forrest and his mother Sally Fields and follows Forrest as he deals with childhood bullies and how he and Jenny become best friends He ends up joining the high school football team because he was so fast He winds up graduating college after playing football with the University of Alabama After graduating he enlists in the Army and meets Bubba Mykelti Williamson They become best friends and Bubba tells Forrest his plan to get a shrimping boat Both Bubba and Forrest are sent to Vietnam to fight They meet Lieutenant Dan Gary Sinise who is in charge of their platoon While in Vietnam the platoon is attacked and Forrest ends up saving some of his unit Forrest saves Lieutenant Dan and they both get sent to a hospital He comes home after being discharged from the service and goes to pay his respects to Bubba and his family He only hears from Jenny every once in a while Meanwhile Jenny is trying to escape her past by doing drugs sleeping with countless men and drinking Jenny ends up coming to stay with Forrest for a little while Forrest asks her to marry him but she will not She
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