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Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will HuntingFive Stars

I love this movie. This is as perfect of a movie as it comes for me. Humor, emotion, action, and relatibility. I owned this movie the day it came out, and I still cry in the end of the movie when Robin Williams looks at Matt Damon and says “It’s not your fault” over and over.

So, like I just mentioned, this movie has a who’s who list of actors. Williams, Damon and Ben Affleck before they were huge, Minnie Driver, Cole Hauser, and Casey Affleck. Damon and Affleck wrote this movie from what I have heard, and I wonder how long they worked on it. Whether the realistic and sensible story just came out of them, or if they went over and over it, trying to be original at every turn.

The story revolves around Damon’s character, who is an orphan that was beat up as a child. He is a super genious and works by day as a janitor at Harvard, but by night solves complex math theory on chalkboards. The math professor finds him out, and takes him under his wing, saving him from jail, in homes of opening his eyes to a better life. But it is only with an agreement that he seeks psychiatric help. Only after four other shrinks do we meet Williams. Williams has a similar background to Damon, and through perseverence and empathy he is able to reach Damon, and with a little luck and help from Damon’s gang of three other friends, Damon turns his life around.

The swearing in this movie is tightly woven with the setting and characters. For most people I know, that would not be the case. If you can’t handle all of the cussing, you will never enjoy this movie. It is a great movie, every adult should see it. But it is really vulgar at times in the humor and the anger. But Damon is more real than he has been since this movie, and Williams won an award for his role. Williams is such an under appreciated actor and is only second to Damon. Minnie Driver comes third for me. A little offbeat, she is Damon’s girlfriend who is trying to reach out to him, but doesn’t know how and gets burned. I feel bad for her, and the first time I saw this, I cried when Damon told her “I don’t love you”.

You’ll laugh a ton if you like guy humor, and you’ll cry. This movie will turn your day upside down if you have never seen it.

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