A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by
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First film in Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier's filmography to receive Oscar recognition. Though they weren't nominated themselves, they were still instrumental in getting the films production even happening. Kevin Smith was friends with Ben Affleck after his casting in Mallrats (1996), then cast him as the lead in Chasing Amy (1997). Following Matt Damon's cameo role, along with Brian O'Halloran as television producers, was after Affleck introduced the pair, which led to them giving Smith the screenplay, ultimately landing with Harvey Weinstien of Miramax. See more »
When Will is seen driving to Stanford during the closing credits, the sign on a bridge over the highway says "Prospect St., Stockbridge", which points to him being on Rt. 90 west (MassPike). This means Will was taking an 18-mile/1-hour detour through upstate NY and Cleveland, Ohio, as the faster way to go (according to Google Maps) is via Rt. 84 south through Connecticut.
However, prior to Google Maps (and indeed even today), most people driving from Boston to San Francisco take the direct route of I-90 to Chicago and then I-80 from there. In spite of Google Maps, due to higher speed limits, Will's route is actually the faster route. See more »
Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William S. Burroughs, both of whom died in 1997. See more »
There's one thing about Hollywood - you can't stop the hype. I think it was the hype that gave this movie the bad reviews by some IMDB users, as let's face it, it can totally ruin a movie for some people.
In "Good Will Hunting", you have to look past the hype and Oscars and see that it really is a gorgeous film written by two very talented young men, and acted out by proficient actors such as Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgard. Personally, I thought the plot was an excellent idea - maybe someone else could have thought of it, but could they have provided the great script? And as for the profanity - yes, there was a lot, but I don't give a damn! This is real life! People swear! Deal with it!
Anyway, what I really enjoyed about "Good Will Hunting" was the psychological aspect - very believable. Here you have this "typical" 21 - year - old, drinking with his friends, getting into fights, etc etc, but you look below the surface and there's a lot more to him. I think this really tells us a lot about the people around us and makes a point about looking below the surface. This aspect of the movie also revealed a lot of sociological issues - yes, it IS believable that there is a genius in a rough suburb of Boston, repressed by his upbringing. (Hey, my mum even says so, and she teaches sociology!)
I enjoyed the acting a lot, especially by Robin Williams - I had been too used to seeing him in cutesy films, so this was definitely a refreshing change. I feel he plunged right into the part and relished it, although something told me his accent wasn't quite right! Will's relationships with the people around him are wonderful to watch, especially with Skylar (Minnie Driver) - there was real chemistry between them. I also liked to watch how Will behaved around his buddies; the four guys really seemed as if they had known each other all their lives.
Overall, I thought this movie was believable and touching, without your typical ending. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck really have done themselves proud. My advice: Forget the Oscar nominations, the rave reviews, the famous faces, and sit down to watch this movie with a completely impartial attitude. You will see that it really is beautiful.
By the way, I very VERY rarely cry at movies. But if there's any scene that will have me in tears, it's the one where Will finally breaks down and starts to cry. That's saying something!
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