Good Will Hunting
“Good Will Hunting” won the Best of Matt Damon category among Shat The Movies, and we can see why. Damon didn’t just star in the movie, he co-wrote it with Ben Affleck when the two were just a couple of fresh-faced actors.
This ode to Boston showed us Robin Williams‘ dramatic side, which we later realized was tragic foreshadowing, and it introduced us to a young Casey Affleck before his sexual harassment scandal.
To Kerri Gross, “Good Will Hunting” is a moving emotional journey. To Dick Ebert, it’s the greatest film Shat The Movies has ever reviewed. To Gene Lyons, it’s a brilliant collection of improvised scenes that he predictably wishes were darker.
Other topics covered in this episode of Shat The Movies:
- Minnie Driver’s gigantic Lego head
- Harvey Weinstein’s keen eye for gay scenes
- Matt Damon’s idiot ex-girlfriend and her taste in metal drummers
- Gene’s failure to ever love the way Kerri can
- the best crying scenes in ’90s cinema
- Elliot’s Smith’s crushing soundtrack
- Big D’s belief in bootstraps
- Kerri’s happy ending
- and why Gene can’t get a job with the NSA.
Plot Summary: “Good Will Hunting” Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).
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