A delightful movie, released in 1994, starring Tom Hanks as Forest Gump, a simple-minded southern gentlemen from Alabama with a speech impetiment and a low IQ (75), who tells his life story while waiting for a bus to visit an old friend. Gump cares about only three things: his momma (Sally Field), his life-long love and friend Jenny, and ping pong. Even though he isn’t very smart, his life was a giant adventure and filled with many memorable experiences. Some of his experiences include meeting Elvis; breaking records playing football for the Alabama Crimson Tide; being shot at in Vietnam, meeting President JFK; playing ping pong in China; witnessing the Watergate burglary; starting a fishing business called Bubba Gump Shrimp with Leutenant Dan, who he served with in Vietnam; and running from coast to coast. Near the movie’s end, it is revealed that he is waiting for the bus to visit Jenny after a long separation, where he learns that the two have a son. Forest and Jenny marry where Leutenant Dan shows up. Jenny dies near the end and leaves Forest a widower. “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get” was the movie’s key theme.
Forrest Gump is filled with laughs and tears and won an Oscar in 1995.
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