The life and times of Forrest Gump, growing up in the twentieth century. Forrest is an allegory for the USA in the latter part of the last century. Forrest makes friends, plays on the football team, fights in Vietnam, plays Table Tennis professionally, opens a shrimp company all while innocently trying to discover how the world works, and while trying to get back to his greatest friend, Jenny. After he finds Jenny, they fall in love and have a son named Forrest Jr., and when Jenny dies, Forrest is left to bring up his son on his own. The film ends with Forrest sending his son on his first day of school telling him that he loves him.