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Good Will Hunting
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by Ophelia13

"I'm holding out for something better. Have you seen anything yet?"
4 stars

Good Will Hunting is that one movie, you've heard of it. The two guys wrote it because they weren't getting any parts they liked, and then it went on to win a bunch of awards. How's that for luck? Well, it isn't luck at all.

Believe it or not, it's skill. You wouldn't expect it from two actors, but these two pulled it off. These two, who grew up together and are best friends, even. Where did quality like this come from? Not a mass market script writer, that's for sure.

Will Hunting (hence the title) is 20 years old, an orphan, a janitor, and a good friend to get drunk with. Incidentally, he's a genius. He can't play the piano, he can't create art, but he's one of those people who can just store something away for future reference, and never lose it. Maybe it's a photographic memory, maybe it's because the script says so. But he can do it, and he does it well.

Thing is, though, he doesn't want to. He says he didn't ask to be smart, why should he have to be? He'd much rather just sit around drinking beer and grinding out a paycheck for the rest of his life. Irony's a bitch. His friends can't believe him. Why would anyone want that? You wouldn't, and I wouldn't. But this isn't about us or what we want, it's about Will. Just like everything else.

Will has issues, you see. Of course, as anyone who's ever taken psychology knows, it's rooted in his childhood. That's where Sean comes in.

Sean is a shrink, but not a practicing shrink. He hasn't practiced for quite awhile. He teaches about Freud's cocaine habits, instead. Sean is also Robin Williams, who won an Oscar not only for his great performance, but the amazing feat of growing even more hair on himself. Sean comes to know Will through the evil (maybe not evil, but at least annoyingly mean) math professor who got Will out of prison and is helping him create a life for himself in the fascinating field of linear equations and matrices. But remember that Will doesn't want any of this, because of his childhood experiences.

So, Will's in therapy, has a girlfriend, and has no fear of prison guards allowing him to become the best piece of ass in the cell block. Swell. Everything's all good, and those Boston accents are even starting to grow on the audience. This is the fine and dandy part of every movie where it all starts to fall apart.

What we really have here isn't a struggle with anyone but Will and himself. He has to figure out what he wants, and how he's going to get it. That's our requisite conflict. Does the movie have what it takes to bring this around to a close?

Sure. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon probably couldn't have written a better screenplay. The underlying idea isn't really that impressive, in fact it seems right boring if you think of it stripped down to the basics. But on screen, it's not boring at all. The interaction between characters pulls you in, and the flow is so natural you could be hearing your best friend talking to you from right up there on screen.

The acting's top notch. That would explain the little gold statue Robin Williams displays so proudly in his bathroom. The role Ben Affleck set up for his little brother Casey seems more than apt, in an unusual set of circumstances. Minnie Driver helps us to understand Skylar; instead of wishing her whiny ass would get off the screen.

The only flaw here is the disappointing revelation that there aren't many flaws. We aren't supposed to have this as a product of the movie industry. Somehow, we do.

Good Will Hunting brings us something we're not really used to in American cinema; honesty, and the urge to drink a beer. Well, honesty anyway.

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User Comments

2/27/21 morris campbell solid drama 4 stars
4/18/16 Luisa Seen it before, watching it again reminded me of how amazing this movie is, in every way! 5 stars
11/22/13 Lord Fantastic writing. Just WOW 5 stars
10/02/13 turner The scenes between Damon and Williams are legendary. 5 stars
10/01/13 The rock Some of the best writing ever in a movie 5 stars
10/01/13 josephine fucking film is a masterpiece 5 stars
2/06/11 Pamela White excellent view of how a life can be saved if a person cares 5 stars
11/28/10 RLan A decent film. Affleck and Skarsgard were good in their supporting roles. 3 stars
11/22/09 MichiganChet recently someone asked me about 'regret'. I merely referred them to this film 4 stars
8/09/09 Jeff Wilder Not as deep as it think it is. But still emotionally involving and inspiring. 4 stars
4/03/09 Dane Youssef The best of 1997. Beautifully acted, written and directed. Heartbreaking and true to life. 5 stars
1/09/09 Anonymous. how do you like them apples? 4 stars
4/01/08 R.W. Welch Adept writing compensates for unlikely plot line. 4 stars
1/18/08 Pamela White a feel good make you want to do good movie 5 stars
7/05/07 Quigley A truly moving and inspiring story, but the vulgarity lessed my opinion of it severely 4 stars
6/08/07 m very good 5 stars
4/20/06 Adam Brilliant film...... cannot be faulted 5 stars
4/18/06 Jung Texican Dialogue and direction close to perfect. Will’s pain is transcendent. Superb. 5 stars
12/11/05 daniel perfect 5 stars
11/11/05 ME well done. 5 stars
10/04/05 Jesse Taylor Robin Williams is excellent. Wonderful screenplay by Damon and Affleck. 5 stars
9/23/05 Simon The conflicts are so smoothly, so profoundly presented. The modern human condition. 5 stars
8/17/05 ES Excellent movie by the guys behind project green light= stupendous 5 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington Fisk waves it fair! Going going gooonnne!!! ...and we lost that one too... 5 stars
5/06/05 Richard Great 5 stars
1/24/05 Abbath Great script made even better by Robin Williams' amazing performance. 5 stars
12/14/04 Tom Benton A very impressive, moving piece; Damon and Williams are excellent. 5 stars
9/26/04 NJ Cup Winner 95-00-03 Way over-rated & the Dynamic Duo didn't even write the screenplay, they stole it 2 stars
8/26/04 Conor Crockford great 5 stars
8/20/04 Peter James Excellent screenplay 5 stars
7/30/04 DM Possibly Gus van Sant's best film 5 stars
7/19/04 AlaskanReviewer Definately worth viewing 4 stars
6/13/04 MyGreenBed Very self-important with cliched/societal messages and outcome, great idea wasted. 3 stars
5/13/04 John just not nearly as insightful as it would like to be -forgettable 2 stars
4/01/04 Destery A dman fine film for those with unrealised potential 5 stars
1/24/04 Desperado Awesome, anyone reading this dont listen to the digenerate fucks who say itsucks,Incredible 5 stars
1/23/04 Boo Matt Damon sucks. He has no depth as an actor 1 stars
12/09/03 Samuel Very strong performance, great writing, spectacular film!! 5 stars
9/21/03 Darryl I hated it. But, then I hate Matt Damon. Can't act, and ugly as sin. 1 stars
6/21/03 Jack Sommersby Ho-hum. 2 stars
12/21/02 Greg Edmiston By any measure, an incredible and inspirational movie. 5 stars
11/08/02 Steve Asshole has assholeness justified by morons. This is feelgood? 1 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Williams was more interesting than Damon and Affleck 4 stars
9/19/02 spankachu i swear if i have to hear ben affleck give another friggin speech.... 2 stars
7/28/02 karen goldstein Matt Damon's Tush Looks Adorable!! (Very Compelling Movie Too!!) 5 stars
7/26/02 I Can't Swim Ugh, please Lord, make it go away. Movie is intolerable 1 stars
4/09/02 Galina Fesyuk A terrific film! Worth seeing again and again! 5 stars
3/07/02 Mo Anand it was an ok movie with some great lines...but was an oscar worth it? 3 stars
2/08/02 Jennifleur Most overrated movie since the fisher king (not to say Robin Williams was never good). 2 stars
12/26/01 E unreal movie 5 stars
12/24/01 Andrew Carden Such A Big Disappointment. Damon Was Such A Prick. 1 stars
12/03/01 jason allen taylor truely a touching piece 5 stars
8/22/01 Bada Bing Crosby beyond TOTAL CRAP; an insult to celluloid..Mr Hat is very sad 1 stars
8/10/01 Renee1801 a beautiful movie 5 stars
7/27/01 Henry Ginsberg good performance from Robin Williams 4 stars
7/25/01 TLsmooth Titanic was overhyped, not this. It earned it's due. 5 stars
7/07/01 AK A landmark. An anthem for smart, tough American male adolescents. 5 stars
6/09/01 G-MAN Matt Damon's best performance 5 stars
5/02/01 BrainPan The ONLY movie Affleck is bearable in, and that's because he played himself. 5 stars
2/26/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Overhyped to the max, but not entirely undeserving of it... 4 stars
2/20/01 the dodo Ain't it odd, that in every movie, there's always someone who doesn't like the movie? 5 stars
12/19/00 Jaymie I agree with Bubble boy. This was the most boring and slow over-hyped shit ever!!! 1 stars
12/14/00 Tom Hey BoyITDB, you're a dickhead! Try appretiating a great movie instead of showing off! 5 stars
12/10/00 T.Smith HEY AFFLECK , YOU S- U-C-K. What a bunch of overhyped shit 1 stars
12/08/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble The math theory in this movie was actually a first year problem. Easy to solve. 2 stars
12/01/00 Angela Murtagh extremely wonderful! 5 stars
11/28/00 SP a fine film by young authors, but it may not really be "Academy Award winning script great" 4 stars
11/24/00 Mic Illustrious screenplay. Admirable amount of knowledge in humanistic psychology. 5 stars
11/23/00 chiefaldog whassamatta, U, elvisfan? wow, when Williams calms down he becomes a good actor. 5 stars
11/17/00 Gary Fascinating film! Absolutely pristine acting! Mandatory viewing. 5 stars
10/24/00 Clarance ONE OF MY FAV"S! 5 stars
9/15/00 Jed No you go away skye chapman. I'm sick of this "anti-R.W" B.S! 4 stars
7/08/00 skye chapman go away Mr. Williams 3 stars
7/07/00 Terrie Smith Well done; nice performances. 4 stars
7/03/00 Tandi An amazingly well written and acted movie! 5 stars
6/19/00 Tim Yawn! Shameless & clumbsy manipulation. Be sad now...feel good! 3 stars
5/29/00 perverted pixie Van Zants directs & William is wonderful...but who can stomach Damons ego! 4 stars
5/11/00 Girl9 Amazing scenes with fantasitic dialogue and dynamic....which saved the film..... 3 stars
5/11/00 Richard Wright A film that takes all the cliches, jumbles them round and comes up with something profound. 5 stars
5/02/00 JonnyAngel Doesn't stand up to repeated viewings 3 stars
4/12/00 punkass Too much profanity my ass, it's called realism. Acting unsurpassed, just a beautiful story. 5 stars
3/25/00 Jed Bit too profane and a slow start but otherall it is good. 4 stars
3/25/00 Pizaster from start to finish it was great, type of movie i can see 20 times 5 stars
3/18/00 Skye Chapman "will hunting"?! pu-lease 3 stars
3/17/00 Cristy An awesome movie with a lot of profanity, but a very moving story. 5 stars
3/12/00 Trina Barnard One of the best movies ever 5 stars
3/01/00 Mic Too much profanity, but otherwise an illustrious screenplay. 5 stars
1/02/00 Lindsey This is one of my fav. movies! Matt Damon is awesome in it!!!!! 5 stars
11/28/99 Ryan Phillipe gets hit by a car and it Rules!!! I'm disgusted. I AM SENSITIVE 90S MOVIE NUMBER 1. OH, PLEASE INVITE ME TO YOUR HOUSE. 1 stars
11/22/99 Ralf Behet Not a masterpiece. But very well written and acted. A touching and funny film. 5 stars
11/09/99 Joe Shapira The best movie i've ever seen! 5 stars
11/08/99 yoda Insightful, mind bobbling 5 stars
11/07/99 Anthony Ellis Has its flaws, but still a truly great film! 5 stars
10/24/99 Bueller Do you like apples? I liked this movie, how do ya like them apples? 4 stars
10/19/99 Tony Daquano Great movie 5 stars
9/19/99 vickie Every time I see it, I love it more. 5 stars
9/17/99 Melissa Everyone I know hoped this would take the Oscar - great movie. 5 stars
8/16/99 Lucy B. Absolutely wonderful. Brilliant screenplay and performances. One of the best I've seen! 5 stars
8/16/99 Johhn Bombtrax Great movie. 5 stars
8/13/99 Deanna Overrated old fashioned corn by two hot young studs, hollywood fantasy. End was forced. 3 stars
7/18/99 blue b. One of my favourite movies...should have one best picture 5 stars
7/09/99 Melissa The screenplay is amazing, the acting is awesome, and the music is wonderful too. M&B rock! 5 stars
7/05/99 Pat Flanagan The Academy is on crack for giving Titanic the best movie award. 5 stars
7/04/99 Ben Leostein Rating: *** (out of ****) Category: "Good" 4 stars
7/03/99 J-Dogg Why did these two win Best Screenplay? Cause they're kids? 3 stars
7/03/99 randy grubbs how could anyone not like this movie 5 stars
6/17/99 matchbox20 Whormones aside...it dragged on and on. So you clean toilets and you know math who cares? 1 stars
5/12/99 Benny Gordon It isn't Affleck or Damon who make this, it's Robin Williams his best role in years. 5 stars
5/09/99 Beachlovr9 Geniuses wrote this script! They found the perfect balance of poignancy and humor.Excellent 5 stars
5/08/99 Tavia Casey Affleck, which really is not his first name, is beyond hot 5 stars
4/29/99 Angie Ben, Matt, and Casey are sooo sexy!! "I got her number, how do ya like them apples?" ****** 5 stars
4/27/99 LoveThatFlick Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Robin Williams --- awesome! 5 stars
4/18/99 jimmy jam If you only see one movie this year... DON'T let this one be it 1 stars
4/18/99 Em Film speaks for itself 5 stars
4/14/99 Jon Jackson Ben Affleck almost ruined this movie, his brother almost saved it, but it still kinda sucks 3 stars
4/10/99 Catherine Exellent!!! Ben Affleck is GORGEOUS! 5 stars
4/10/99 Tristynn Took a few times watching it to enjoy it..Very deep flick.. Ben deserved more of the hype.. 4 stars
4/09/99 Keith Calder Intimate gem that may have saved Hollywood from only making Titanic style movies. 5 stars
4/09/99 Randall Only simple minded people would hate it, this was one of the best of the 90's 5 stars
4/07/99 Fordy Dogma is gonna be bigger and better 4 stars
4/06/99 lianesse this movie makes me want to go out and do everything i'm capable of-and find better friends 5 stars
3/30/99 H33eather 4 words...Ben Affleck Matt Damon!!!! 5 stars
3/28/99 Mike Martinez What was all the excitement about???????????????????????????????? 1 stars
3/28/99 Carrie Apperently people with no pubilc hair loved it. Grown-up thought it blew! 1 stars
3/28/99 Ebert's twin Highly overrated. SNOOZE fest. Fuck I thought it would never end 1 stars
3/15/99 Stacie Ben Affleck is soo damn hot!! This was the best movie ever! 5 stars
3/07/99 CanadianChica BEN...wow, too bad he didn't get as much credit as he should have(Matt stole the limelight) 5 stars
3/02/99 Angelic CASEY AFFLECK:) he is hilarious in his tiny parts!!! 5 stars
3/01/99 Rachel OK, how do I get in on Ben and Matt's next screenplay? This is bound to be a classic! 5 stars
2/28/99 Blythe Brilliant. Chuckie shows Will how to be a man. 5 stars
2/25/99 Elizabeth This movie was awesome, A movie hasnt changed my life like that in a LONG time. 5 stars
1/31/99 Vick Di Brecci About as corny and sentimental as Rocky but with an added dose of pretension. Affleck ok 2 stars
1/14/99 Melissa BY FAR my favorite film of the year, deserving of all the praise you've heard. 5 stars
1/02/99 Dasha One of the most overrated movies I ever saw. 1 stars
12/23/98 Lou Pine, Jr. I've been in therapy most of my life and never had a breakthrough like that. 4 stars
12/10/98 raFFie77 Not only do I like apples, but I LOVE Casey Affleck!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/09/98 Andrea I'd pay to watch Matt Damon read a phone book. 5 stars
12/03/98 Matthew J. Soucy Well done. Williams wins the Oscar? This is a crime. 4 stars
11/26/98 G best of the year. fuck Titanic, this puts it to shame 5 stars
11/26/98 Mr.Pink loved it! 5 stars
11/25/98 katharina brilliant. i am speechless. actual dialogue driven plot!!! no way! 5 stars
11/23/98 Sarah way WAY overrated...the love story was completely unbelievable 3 stars
11/18/98 MinxxDaShorty This film moved me!! But will some1 please shoot Minnie Driver 5 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob Maybe it was me..I mean the script WAS good, but the movie kinda left me...nowhere? 3 stars
10/19/98 Haskell Daniels It was too mushy for me. 2 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo A tear-jerker, and no qualms about it. Thought Affleck was a little weak. 4 stars
10/13/98 {{{OZ}}} Enjoy yourself, bellsouth guy. Your multiple ratings will be deleted on the next few days. 5 stars
10/13/98 philip i have to agree w/ my buds--phat 5 stars
10/12/98 joseph damon is amazing 5 stars
10/12/98 jym sweet 5 stars
10/12/98 Tom Wood best ever---damon and affleck created their own luck and destiny--could you ask for more? 5 stars
10/12/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! OSCAR WINNIN' MATERIAL, BEN AFFLECK is better than matt damon (anyday) 5 stars
10/02/98 wind should've won best picture over the "tugboat movie"...classic 5 stars
9/28/98 katherine awesome film. and i could watch matt damon all day even if the film sucked. 5 stars
9/25/98 Pat Flanagan One of the movies that was better than Titanic, and deserved the Oscar more. 5 stars
9/23/98 Nate Dogg "It's not your fault...." I cried like a little bitch.... 5 stars
9/16/98 Ben Affleck Matt and I were great in this movie.. Robin Williams is super..Film has heart... 5 stars
9/15/98 Lonatic I didn't get why so many people like this flick so much. BORING!! 2 stars
9/14/98 cheryl_ann a movie i could watch hundreds of times and not get sick of. Ben is awesome as usual. 5 stars
9/13/98 Amber B. Ben Affleck is GORGEOUS, and Robin Williams kicks ass. 5 stars
9/08/98 ARMA-FUCK'N-GEDDON If Ben Affleck isn't the coolest shit out there..... This film was TOP, all about LIFE 5 stars
9/05/98 BBReBozo Robin Williams steals the show. Dude CAN act. 4 stars
9/05/98 Helle Marie How can I say how fantastic it is without swearing? I can`t. It`s fuckin`brilliant! 5 stars
9/04/98 Jon An amazingly emotional experience. 5 stars
9/03/98 Badass Fine screenplay and acting. Danny Elfman's score is great. 4 stars
8/31/98 Mario Van Peebles Totally dug this film. The script *WAS* great. It hit home. 5 stars
8/25/98 Chuck-D even with sappy direction and a good-not-great script, there's something more there. 5 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball It was fine I suppose, but I don't think Damon's all that. 3 stars
8/22/98 Vincent Good BUT NOT GREAT script brought down a few notches by overly sappy direction 3 stars
8/22/98 Mister Whoopee How can anybody not enjoy this flick. A classic. 5 stars
8/22/98 Superfly If I was gay man, I would have sex with Ben Affleck. 5 stars
8/20/98 Miss Stress ok, so i knew how the movie was gunna end 15 min into it, but hell i liked it 4 stars
8/18/98 clark damn ben is sexy 5 stars
8/17/98 Mike F Fucking Awesome 5 stars
8/17/98 spork-girl mmmm casey 5 stars
8/16/98 GypsyLee Just a great flick! Go see it ..its a must. 5 stars
8/15/98 J-Guy really good. saw it twice. 4 stars
8/15/98 rotten f. milk dem apples be gooooood. really gooooood. 5 stars
8/15/98 Johny Very good script and acting. Gus Van Sant sucks ass. 3 stars
8/14/98 Schmeekins Makes existing Hollywood screenwriters look like big poopyheads. 5 stars
8/14/98 Pete Really Enjoyed it! Amazing script. 5 stars
8/14/98 f*r*o*s*t*y Ben again. Woohoo! I LOVE it. 5 stars
8/14/98 Minipulator Fuck Leonardo DiCaprio. This is acting. 5 stars
8/14/98 {{{OZ}}} My psychotic friend had an epiphany watching it. Now he has sex often. 5 stars
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