Good Will Hunting

Published May 4, 2010

Good Will Hunting

Film info

  • Title Good Will Hunting
  • Director Gus Van Sant
  • Year 1997
  • Run time 2hrs 6m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them

Will Hunting (Matt Damon, who also co-scripts) is a teenage tearaway who works as a janitor at America's top university. He writes the solution to a maths problem on a classroom blackboard, so impressing Professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) that when Will is arrested for brawling, the professor arranges to have his sentence suspended if Will agrees to study with him. Will begins dating Skylar (Minnie Driver), a medical student, while also attending therapy sessions with Sean McGuire (Robin Williams). Despite his genius, Will rails against both Lambeau and McGuire's attempts to help him.

Live Blog

0:59Just realised this is two Matt Damon films in a row.
3:34Is it weird to write and star in something but not direct it?
5:33Bars like that scare me. Lots of mouthy people, dark corners, and too much alcohol.
8:03A barbershop quartet!
8:37Are we supposed to know about the maths? Cos I feel stupid.
15:07If he is that freakishly smart, how has he ended up as a janitor?
16:20I like watching real life brothers being mean too each other in films. Much fun.
18:12I don’t think I’ve ever seen Minnie Driver in anything before. That has been remedied now.
25:09Is it physically possible to be that smart? Maths, history, law. What doesn’t he know?
29:14Oh, add speed reading to the list.
32:24None of these therapists are working out? Bring ol' Robin Williams on board.
33:19The man is on the cover and doesn’t appear until 33 minutes in.
40:12Art on the list too.
42:42Ah ha, now I’m starting to like the film. Couldn’t they have started it here?
45:36That is quite a demonic laugh she has.
57:41“We get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds.”
1:03:42For a minute there, he was worried the question had hurt the guys feelings. We are making progress.
1:08:12Demonic laugh aside, I like her. She seems fun.
1:34:07Wow. That is quite the monologue. I wonder how long it took him to learn that!
1:38:15I wouldn’t be able to answer the question either. What’s wrong with not knowing what you want to do?
1:44:06Oh no! It wasn’t the therapist but Ben Affleck that made the breakthrough. Boo.
1:50:11Awww, there you go. It only took two freaking hours.
1:53:56With added beard, Robin Williams is basically one massive furball.
1:58:43What about the woman? He has to see her before it ends.
2:02:30We won’t get to see her, but at least he will.


This was a 99p film of the week on iTunes and I was immediately put off by the 2hrs+ running time. However, I am growing to like this Matt Damon chappie, so I thought I could spare him two hours of my life.

As you can tell, it wasn’t until about halfway through that I really started to enjoy the film. I liked the therapy stuff much more than the process of convincing him to go there. The conversations between Matt and Robin were fabulous. If it wasn’t so long, I’d be tempted to watch the film again.

Rating: 4 / 5

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