Jenny Curran she was Forrest Gump's childhood friend and love interest. She was played by Robin Wright-Penn as an adult and by Hanna Hall as a child.
Birth and EducationEdit
Jenny Curran was born on July 16th, 1945 in Taylo♙, Arkansas. Her mother died when she was 5 years old. She was raised by their father, a farmer, who physically and sexually abused Jenny and her sisters.
Forrest first meets Jenny on the bus to school, and she invites him to sit next to her after all the other kids on the bus said "You can't sit here". She asks Forrest about his legs, and also asks: "Are you stupid or something?". They soon become best friends and they spend much time together, near a large tree, where she teaches him to read, and he showed her how to dangle. The two stay out quite late, because Jenny doesn't want to go home. The next day, Forrest and Jenny walk home when the same kids from the bus cruise up on bikes and throw rocks at Forrest, knocking him off his feet after which Jenny urges him to run, screaming "Run forrest, run!", which he does, and when the boys give chase, they are unable to catch Forrest because the leg braces, that formerly made it difficult to walk and run, break off. He runs across town, literally kicking up dust as he passes.
Then one day, Jenny isn't at school and Forrest goes to her house, which is on a farm. Jenny's drunken father pursues Jenny and Forrest, but they hide in a cornfield, where they kneel down and pray to God, "Dear God. Make me a bird. So that I can fly, far far away". Jenny's father is arrested, and she is sent to live with her grandmother in her trailer. But occasionally she would go out and stay with Forrest, claiming she was scared. Forrest believed this was due to her Grandma's dog. "He was a mean old dog."
Jenny and Forrest remained best friends through high school and when he is targeted by the same bullies, now in a truck, Jenny once more yells "Run, Forrest, run". Jenny attends a college, but Forrest is unable to attend with her because "It's an all-girls college". One night, when he goes to visit Jenny in the pouring rain with a box of chocolates, Forrest notices a car in which Jenny and her date Billy are trying to make out, but when Jenny accidentally hits her head against the car window, Forrest mistakenly believes that Billy is hurting her and opens the door to the car and proceeds to beat him, in his own car. Billy gets mad and drives off. Jenny despite being annoyed, invites Forrest into her room, and it is implied that Forrest is still a virgin. She takes her bra off and places his hand on her breast. They make a joke and laugh, about something that never happened in Home Economics class and the camera pans out to show her terrified room mate sitting in bed just a few feet away from them, still awake.
While in college, Jenny gets into trouble after she is caught taking almost naked photos in her college vest for Playboy magazine. She is expelled, and is soon hired by a man to work in a strip club. Forrest sees the naked pictures of Jenny in the Playboy magazine after an army buddy of his tosses it to him, and then goes to see her at the strip club. He is playing a song with a guitar on stage and the men are not too happy about a her covering herself up in the strip club, and after some men try to grab Jenny's legs, and pour a drink on her, Forrest beats them up and jumps on the stage, gets Jenny and attempts to walk her out the door. They have a small interaction outside, in which Jenny explains to Forrest that she is unsure of what to do in life. During this interaction, it's exposed to the viewers that Jenny has fallen into a depressed state, though not said, as she briefly leans off a bridge and comments on her death, asking Forrest if he thinks God would let her turn into a bird and fly away (paralleling a quote from the corn field earlier in the film). She then gets a lift from a complete stranger, to however far a blowjob would get her, but Forrest hits her with a bombshell. "They sending me, to Vietnam". She then tries to act like she cares, and he buys it.
Jenny becomes a hippie and participates in the anti-Vietnam war protests. She is reunited with Forrest in Washington DC, while he was making a speech on the war, and they spend the day together, and go to a Black Panther Party safe house. However, Jenny's boyfriend Wesley, the president of the SDS at Berkeley, hits her in front of Forrest and Forrest retaliates. They are then forced to leave. The next day, Jenny leaves with Wesley.
Forrest returns to Greenbow and frequently thinks of Jenny and is hoping that she is happy in whatever she is doing. Jenny has succumbed to a life of drugs, and even comes close to attempting suicide by almost leaping off the top floor of a hotel.
Return to GreenbowEdit
One day, Jenny arrives at Forrest's home and stays with him for a while. Forrest explains that they'd walk a lot together. He did all the talking and she did all the listening, and Forrest also tells her about Vietnam and his mother going up to Heaven where her own mother is.
One day, they happened to walk in front of Jenny's father's abandoned house, where she was abused by her father as a child. Though Forrest hadn't stopped talking, Jenny walked up to the house and looked at it for a few seconds. She then proceeded to pick up a handful of rocks and feverishly throw them at the house, hitting boards and breaking windows, all the while saying things like, "How dare you." It's suggested that this is the moment when Forrest realizes that Jenny's father had molested her and her sisters. She then runs out of rocks and falls to the ground, crying, to which Forrest (in his narration) says, "I guess sometimes there just aren't enough rocks."
On July 4th, 1976, the US National Bicenennial, Forrest asks Jenny to marry him, but Jenny refuses, saying, "You don't want to marry me." Forrest then replies with: "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." Later that night, Jenny comes into Forrest's room, saying she does love him, and the two have sex. Jenny leaves early the next morning, leaving Forrest heart-broken and lonely. She gets a job as a waitress in Savannah, Georgia, and in mid-1978, sees news footage of Forrest running across America, and is amazed.
In the movie, Forrest Gump Jr. first appears towards the end of the movie when Forrest comes to visit Jenny in Georgia. As Forrest and Jenny are talking, there's a knock at the door, to which a woman drops off a little boy to Jenny. To which Jenny introduces the little boy to Forrest. Then he asks Jenny if he can go watch T.V. She says yes but to keep it low. Jenny tells Forrest that her son is named Forrest. Also because she named him after his daddy to which Forrest asks her if she knows another man named Forrest. Which Jenny replies, "You're his daddy Forrest." This sends Forrest into a shock but Jenny tells him he didn't do anything wrong and that Forrest Jr is one of the smartest kids in his class. Forrest then goes into the room to watch Sesame Street with his son and begins bonding with him.
Jenny later reveals that she is ill and is suffering from an unknown virus with no cure (heavily implied to be H.I.V) Forrest asks Jenny to come and live with him, where he promises to take care of her and little Forrest. The two marry soon after, in a ceremony at Forrest's house, and Jenny dies six months later, on March 22nd, 1982, the day that the space shuttle Columbia was launched on STS-3, (the third space shuttle mission). Near the end of the film, we see Forrest standing beside Jenny's grave talking to her. In the last scene, Forrest is waiting with his son by the bus stop, waving him off to his first day of school.