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 to flush the student out, he and his colleagues put together a problem that took them two years to solve. He then sees the janitor scribbling on the board. When he yells at the janitor and frightens him away, he is surprised to see that the "scribble" is in fact the answer to the problem. This leads him on a search to find the mysterious janitor. When he does find him, he sees a super genius that needs to be tamed.
This movie reminded me a lot about Salieri and Mozart in Amadeus and John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. Matt Damon is great as the super genius, in a role better than the one he had in Rounders. Ben Affleck is great as his best friend whose one wish is that when he goes to pick Will up at his house is that Will will not be home but instead he will have left to make something of his incredible talent.
Robin Williams is excellent as the psychologist who tries to tame Will Hunting and who has to use patience and understanding to change someone who is like an intellectual god compared to him.
Minnie Driver is excellent as Will's girlfriend, who loves Will but can never seem to get close enough to him because the main flaw in Will that causes him to be a failure in life is that he fears rejection so he avoids any type of situation that could cause this.
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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 ...