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Good Will Hunting

Drama movie directed by Gus Van Sant

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Good Will Hunting - 1997

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"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 more appeal to the movie.

It is set around the halls of MIT, where Will Hunting is a janitor.  Hunting, coming from an abusive past that did nothing to further his brilliance, hides an incredible mind that absolutely absorbs information.  He often uses his intelligence to show up others that like to pretend they are highly evolved when, in fact, they are just speaking in rote something they read.  Will reads all that too, but he absorbs it, understands it, and can use it when necessary.

Unfortunately there is another side to Will as well; combative and hot-headed, he often finds himself on the wrong side of the law.  His recent involvement has him on the brink of a jail sentence until Professor Lambeau works out a deal with the courts to take Will under his wing.  In exchange, Will must attend counseling sessions to try to curb his explosive personality.  After about the 5th shrink, Lambeau calls on an old friend, Sean Maguire, to see if he can bring some normalcy to Will's life.  Maguire has issues of his own and by the end one is never quite sure who is the patient and who is the doctor.

It doesn't help that Will has met an incredibly charming and beautiful girl who also wants to pull him into a better life.  In the background, he is still embroiled in the lifestyle he has become accustomed to, along side his buddies from South Boston.  What one of them, Chuckie, sees, and tries to impart to Will, is his belief that Will is meant for something better, something beyond the streets and alleys of this town.

Overall, it is a completely enjoyable film with many layers.  Relationships are the main criteria of the film, and how those relationships develop and evolve, forming the life of Will Hunting. 

Good Will Hunting was directed by Gus Van Sant.  It carries an R rating for language.  It was nominated for 53 awards, winning 18, including two Oscars.  The stars included Robin Williams as Sean Maguire; Matt Damon as Will Hunting; Ben Affleck as Chuckie Sullivan; Minnie Driver as Skylar; and Casey Affleck as Morgan O'Mally.  There were some incredibly good scenes in the movie and, as usual, when Robin Williams is involved, some ad-libbing as well.  A really great scene with Robin and Matt where Robin talks about his wife's farting was totally ad-libbed and the laughter you view from Matt is entirely spontaneous.  But that is Robin Williams for you; he will work a scene for all it is worth.

This is simply one of those movie that carry small points of brilliance that are totally unexpected.

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Susi




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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 . 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 …
review by . August 04, 2003
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), …
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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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