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Good, if predictable, first effort from screenwriting actors Damon and Affleck. Troubled, young Will Hunting (Damon) is a janitor at MIT who also happens to be an unsung mathematical genius. This gift is discovered by big-shot Professor Lambeau (Skarsgard), who must vouch for Will with the parole board by giving him weekly math sessions and taking him to a therapist to work on his anger. Naturally, only the equally troubled shrink Sean Maguire (Williams) is willing to help Hunting get beyond his blue-collar roots. But Will resists the help--not sure that he wants to leave his neighborhood and best friends behind. The Damon/Williams scenes are affecting but the southie Boston accents offer an unexpected challenge.

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Available on Running time 126 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Screen Teams: Damon & Affleck, Boston, Buddies, Campus Capers, Shrinks, Top Grossing Films of 1998, Widows & Widowers, Mathemagicians
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Gus Van Sant
Danny Elfman
Lawrence Bender, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon, Miramax Films


Oscars 1997: Orig. Screenplay, Support. Actor (Williams); Golden Globes 1998: Screenplay; Screen Actors Guild 1997: Support. Actor (Williams); Broadcast Film Critics 1997: Breakthrough Perf. (Damon), Orig. Screenplay.

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Good Will Hunting
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This is a pretty good movie. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon play their parts well. Will Hunting is a genius who was abused as a child and has been in trouble with the law ever since. When Will finally agrees to get counseling to keep himself out of jail and with his girlfriend, he meets Sean, the therapist who will change his life. This movie tells the story of Will and Sean's coming to terms with the blows life has dealt them and with the questions that lie in the future.