Good Will Hunting

"Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them."

Good Will Hunting tells the story of Will Hunting. Will is a genius growing up in a bad neighborhood in South Boston. He works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spends his free time getting into trouble with a group of friends. One night, while cleaning the floors at MIT, Will sees a complex algebraic problem that has been posted on the chalkboard. The problem is legendary among the campus for being practically impossible to solve. Will solves it and while he is writing on the chalkboard, he is caught by the professor who put it there.

Will is facing possible jail time after violating probation by getting involved in a street altercation and the professor pleads with the judge to realize Will to his supervision. The judges agrees and Will begins to study mathematics under the professor's tutelage. He is also required to begin sessions with a therapist. Will has sessions with Dr. Maguire, who like Will, is a product of a difficult environment. He is one of the first adults in Will's life who understands him and they begin to bond in the therapy sessions.

Will also meets a beautiful Harvard graduate student at a bar. He impresses her by showing up this obnoxious guy who was trying to hit on her. Will begins to fall in love with Skylar, the student, but he is ashamed of his past and his upbringing so he lies to her. He refuses to take her to his home or introduce her to his friends. Will begins to feel the pressure of his new life. He deliberately screws up job interviews that he goes on and he begins to push his therapist away. Skylar graduates and plans to move to California but Will refuses to move with her. He leaves her in tears.

Will then decides that he is not cut out for this high pressure life and he tells his friends that all he wants to do is work construction with them. Will's friends tell him that they do not want that life for him, they actually want so much more for him. After a lot of soul-searching, Will decides to be brave and head to California to rejoin Skylar. Good Will Hunting is equal parts comedy and drama. It was written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and this film is what made them stars.

| 1997 | 2 hr 6 min | 8.3/10
Gus Van Sant
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