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Good Will Hunting
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Starring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgard
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Miramax Films
Kiddie Movie: Lots of swear words, a little sex, and more adult themes. I'd leave the youngin's at home.
Date Movie: Sure, bring them along.
Gratuitous Sex: Not really gratuitous, but Will and Skyler end up in bed.
Gratuitous Violence: A good brawl in a playground.
Action: Nope. It's a drama with laughs.
Laughs: Yep, quite a few.
Memorable Scene: Will's explaining his logic in why he shouldn't work for the NSA.
Memorable Quote: The whole movie was full of quotes and too many to mention here.
Directed By: Gus Van Sant
Produced By: Lawrence Bender

Good Will Hunting
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:07 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Talk about an up-and-coming actor. What am I saying up-and-coming? Matt Damon is here, he is now, and his future is looking brighter than a nuclear blast. Sure, he's had some acclaim before, but 1997 has sure been a great year for Damon, especially concluding on a fabulous performance in "Good Will Hunting," a film he co-wrote with Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film.

"Good Will Hunting" tells the story of Will Hunting (Damon), a cocky, working class twenty year old who gets in trouble with the law a lot. He is also a genius, seemingly unaware as to just how smart he really is, or maybe too aware for his own good. He has a job scrubbing floors at MIT, and just generally seems content hanging out with his buddies, drinking some beers, and getting involved in an occasional brawl. Unfortunately he gets in one too many brawls, and the bad-ass judge won't stand for Will's pulling two hundred year old cases from the law books as his defense. This time Will is heading for jail. Enter Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), an MIT professor who can't believe the guy running the buffer in the hallway is the one solving complex math equations that even I can't solve. Lambeau wants to be Will's guide into the world of Nobel Prize math solutions, and strikes a deal with the judge. Will gets to stay out of jail and play as long as he attends class with Lambeau, and gets counseling.

So, Lambeau enlists the help of numerous, uppity, psychiatrists/therapists, none of whom can handle the intelligence that is Will. At the end of his rope, Lambeau goes to his old college buddy, Sean McGuire (Robin Williams). Sean is the kind of dude who can relate, and seems to not really give a damn how smart Will is, he just wants Will to become adjusted to deal with the real world around him. Toss in a love story (Minnie Driver as Skylar), some great working-class friends from the neighborhood (led by Ben Affleck as Chuckie), and thus the story goes.

Now, the story is neat and sweet, but what is so cool about "Good Will Hunting" is that every character is perfect. Will is cocky, always with a line to give, always knowing the answer, and although he is so damn smart, he still seems just a little lost. You've also got Sean, a therapist, who has had his share of life struggles, is just witty enough to deal with Will, and is almost as lost as Will is when looking towards his own future. Robin Williams plays the role of Sean perfectly, with a great mix of wit and wisdom to guide Will to the real world. Then you've got Lambeau. He sees the potential Will has, and worries about two things - the potential will go to waste, and he won't be able to ride on Will's coattails to at least be the guy who discovered and nurtured the boy genius. And let's not forget Skylar, Will's love interest, who, where most of the other MIT women might be admiring Will for his mind, she admires Will for being Will.

"Good Will Hunting" is one hell of a film, mixing quick lines, fabulous inter-minglings between the brainy folk and rough, working class, and also creating a bond between two people looking for an answer they didn't know they needed to find. Damon secures himself as a big-screen star, and he and Affleck can keep writing movies like this all they want - I'll keep going to see them, and you should too.

I give "Good Will Hunting" 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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