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Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck nabbed one for Best Original Screenplay, but the feel-good hit Good Will Hunting triumphs because of its gifted director, Gus Van Sant. The unconventional director (My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy) saves a script marred by vanity and clunky character development by yanking soulful, touching performances out of his entire cast (amazingly, even one by Williams that's relatively schtick-free). Van Sant pulls off the equivalent of what George Cukor accomplished for women's melodrama in the '30s and '40s: He's crafted an intelligent, unabashedly emotional male weepie about men trying to find inner-wisdom.
Matt Damon stars as Will Hunting, a closet math genius who ignores his gift in favor of nightly boozing and fighting with South Boston buddies (co-writer Ben Affleck among them). While working as a university janitor, he solves an impossible calculus problem scribbled on a hallway blackboard and reluctantly becomes the prodigy of an arrogant MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgård). Damon only avoids prison by agreeing to see psychiatrists, all of whom he mocks or psychologically destroys until he meets his match in the professor's former childhood friend, played by Williams. Both doctor and patient are haunted by the past, and as mutual respect develops, the healing process begins. The film's beauty lies not with grand climaxes, but with small, quiet moments. Scenes such as Affleck's clumsy pep talk to Damon while they drink beer after work, or any number of therapy session between Williams and Damon offer poignant looks at the awkward ways men show affection and feeling for one another. --Dave McCoy
Fantastic, original, and inspiring - to say the least. Full of humorous moments. A must see classicPublished 12 hours ago by John
Amazing, still, after all this time. Robin Williams steals the show.Published 15 hours ago by Mary Yacob
Superb acting. Great story line. Believe able plot and characters. Movie viewing doesn't get any better than this cast. Rated R by a very cool mama with a teenager.Published 1 day ago by Kwlly
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) was blessed with a photographic memory or an off-the-charts I.Q. However, a neglectful childhood threatened to derail him. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Don H.
Well acted -- especially Robin Williams and Ben Affleck, but I could have much better dealt with leaving out at least half (if not more) of the F-bombs -- they were not necessary... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Z Borus
The film itself is fantastic and I can't believe I'd gone so long without seeing it. Amazon's streaming service, however, is only ok. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Matt Strnad
The picture of a brillliant youngling and how his neurosis helps heal a psychologist. Stunningly normal and real.Published 4 days ago by Cynthia L. Hampton