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Good Will Hunting

Drama movie directed by Gus Van Sant

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  • Aug 4, 2003
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Like everybody else, I appreciate knowing in advance if a film is poor so I can avoid it. However, I prefer to "discover" an especially enjoyable film rather than know much about it in advance. That was true of this film as well as of two others, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham. Although I consider none of them a "great" film, I thoroughly enjoyed all three but for different reasons.

Directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starring Matt Damon (Will Hunting) and Minnie Driver (Skylar), with Robin Williams (Sean McGuire) and Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Lambeau) cast in important supporting roles, Good Will Hunting has three separate but related plot lines which involve Will Hunting's emergence as a genius in the field of mathematics, his romantic relationship with Skylar, and his patient-therapist relationship with McGuire. The most dramatic moments in the film occur when "baggage" from Hunting's or McGuire's past is opened up in the present as decisions must be made about the future. The exteriors in and around Boston are lovely, an area in which I lived for many years. There is also a great deal of humor in the script, co-authored by Damon and Ben Affleck who plays Will's closest friend, Chuckie. (They received an Academy Award for best original screenplay.) This film offers several "feel better" benefits but for me, its ultimate appeal is based on Damon's performance as a troubled young man who, "with a little help from his friends," can eventually chart a new course for his life. More often than not, Robin Williams is either miscast or out of control. His contributions in this film, however, are substantial and impressive. He received the Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role. Well-deserved.

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review by . November 15, 2009
Okay, i'm a fan of twilight which i will admit no matter how much i love it, isn't academy award winning. But this movie was absoulute perfection. the writing was so good, it really made you think, and it was such a good story. matt damon rocked by the way. anyway if you haven't seen  it you're missing out on a great film
review by . June 13, 2009
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As a professional mathematician, I can appreciate the appearance of the mathematical prodigy Will Hunting in the most unusual of places. Mathematics is one area where prodigies appear so that aspect of the story is plausible. Hunting is working as a janitor at MIT when he rather casually solves a difficult math problem that Professor Gerald Lambeau has posed to his students. Will's past has been a difficult one, as a youth he bounced from foster home to foster home and was abused. He has had several …
review by . April 29, 2009
Will Hunting is a super genius who comes along maybe a few times in a century. Unfortunately that talent seems to be going to waste since Will works as a university janitor and spends the rest of his time getting drunk and into fights with his friends.     One of the top math professors at the university puts up a math problem that he suspects maybe by the end of the semester, one student can solve. He is surprised that it is immediately solved by an unknown "student." To try …
review by . October 31, 2008
Pros: ...     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line:   "I can hang out with my friends, do the good times ever end?  Yeah I can watch Good Will Hunting by myself"  ~LUDO     You certainly don't expect a story to be so enjoyable when two relative unknowns put pen to paper, but with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck did just that.  Then they compounded the deal by staring in the lead roles, bring even …
review by . January 01, 2006
Will Hunting is a super genious who comes along maybe a few times in a century. Unfortunately that talent seems to be going to waste since Will works as a university janitor and spends the rest of his time getting drunk and into fights with his friends.    One of the top math professors at the university puts up a math problem that he suspects maybe by the end of the semester, one student can solve. He is surprised that it is immediately solved by an unknown "student." To try …
review by . January 03, 2005
I avoided seeing "Good Will Hunting" for years due to its reputation as a "bad pic disguised as an Indie flick". Then, one night, I decided to try it. How bad could it be? If it was awful, I figured, at least with Affleck it oughta be funny (in an unintentional way).    But guess what? It wasn't funny. It wasn't bad. In fact, it was pretty near great.     The story has been done before, albeit in slightly different form, so don't look for anything too special …
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Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck nabbed one for Best Original Screenplay, but the feel-good hitGood Will Huntingtriumphs because of its gifted director, Gus Van Sant. The unconventional director (My Own Private Idaho,Drugstore Cowboy) saves a script marred by vanity and clunky character development by yanking soulful, touching performances out of his entire cast (amazingly, even one by Williams that's relatively schtick-free). Van Sant pulls off the equivalent of what George Cukor accomplished for women's melodrama in the '30s and '40s: He's crafted an intelligent, unabashedly emotional male weepie about men trying to find inner-wisdom.

Matt Damon stars as Will Hunting, a closet math genius who ignores his gift in favor of nightly boozing and fighting with South Boston buddies (co-writer Ben Affleck among them). While working as a university janitor, he solves an impossible calculus problem scribbled on a hallway blackboard and reluctantly becomes the prodigy of an arrogant MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgård). Damon only avoids prison by agreeing to see psychiatrists, all of whom he mocks or psychologically destroys until he meets his match in the professor's former childhood friend, played by Williams. Both doctor and patient are haunted by the past, and as mutual respect develops, the healing process begins. The film's beauty lies not with grand climaxes, but with small, quiet ...

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Director: Gus Van Sant
Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 5, 1997
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
DVD Release Date: December 8, 1998
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: Miramax
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