GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997 Limited Release USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Stars ìììì

Good Will Hunting—one of the best films I’ve critiqued since Barton Fink—has Matt Damon cast with Robin Williams in an award-winning story. I want to see more of Director Gus Van Sant’s work. There is some sex, sexual references, and language in this film.

Storyline

Will Hunting (Matt Damon), who is a college janitor, sees a remarkably difficult math equation posted on the college hallway’s chalk board that one of the professors, Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård), posted as a challenge to his graduate students. Will solves the problem with ease and leaves the answer on the chalkboard. When Professor Lambeau finds the problem solved, he asks all of his students who solved the problem and no one comes forward. Professor Lambeau posts an even more difficult problem on the hall’s board and Will starts to solve it. Professor Lambeau sees him solving it and wants to talk to him to tell him what an ingenious mind he has, but Will apologizes and runs. Professor Lambeau goes to the janitors’ office to inquire about Will. After some initial misunderstanding, Professor Lambeau finally gets Will’s name and finds, after tracking him, that he is in trouble with the law. The professor talks to the Judge about Will and makes arrangements for Will to be in therapy and to study mathematics. The show is ‘on’ as Will works through difficult mental challenges to establish a better life.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Gus Van Sant for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Su Armstrong, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Chuckle (Ben Affleck), Tom (John Mighton), Krystyn (Rachel Majorowski), Cathy (Colleen McCauley), Morgan (Casey Affleck), and Billy (Cole Hauser).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is for the mature adult audience.


Ben Meyers

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