Forrest Gump is a film about a man's journey through the decades. Forrest is born in the Deep South, and has a very low IQ. This causes others to tease him. He eventually makes friends with a girl named Jenny, and the two of them grow up together. One day, while a group of bullies taunts Forrest, he starts to run away. He is a lot faster than anyone ever expected. As he goes on to college he joins the football team because he runs so fast and doesn't stop for anything.
Forrest later joins the military and is sent to Vietnam. He meets Bubba Gump, who shares his dream of setting up a shrimp restaurant when they get back to the US. He also meets gruff, proud Lt. Dan. Bubba is killed in the line of duty, and Forrest is shot and hospitalized. Lt. Dan loses his legs and is in the hospital as well. When Forrest returns home, he sets out to make Bubba's dream come true, with Lt. Dan.
Jenny and Forrest reunite, and spend the night together. Forrest asks her to marry him, but she leaves him. Forrest runs across the country, gaining many followers. He eventually goes home, and later finds out that Jenny has had his child. Jenny is terminally ill, and they get married. When she dies, Forrest takes care of their child.